The Belgian international was shown a straight red card for a horror tackle on Hull City defender Paul McShane on the final day of the 2014-15 season and is now set to serve a three-game suspension at the beginning of the new campaign.
He was only on the pitch for 19 minutes at the KC Stadium before heading back down the tunnel for an early bath and he has admitted that he went to see the van Gaal the next day to apologise despite the rest of the squad jetting off on their holidays:
“It was my idea to say sorry for the tackle and the trouble,” the former Everton midfielder said [via Mirror Sport].
“The manager was angry with me but, the next day, I went to talk to him and said sorry.”
“He’s strict, everyone knows that, so you have to be disciplined. I think he’s good for the team. He’s loyal, but when he has to say something, he’ll say it to your face.”
“I know it was stupid. We have some great players, so I have to fight for my place, that’s it,” Fellaini added.
The sending-off certainly overshadowed his revival at Old Trafford under the Dutch manager as he became a pivotal part of United squad during the second half of last season.
Fellaini was as important as anyone in helping the Red Devils secure a top-four finish which secured a return of Champions League football as he weighed in with a number of important goals, such as one in the Manchester derby against City as United secured a 4-2 victory.
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With competition for midfield places at Old Trafford set to increase following the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger during the summer transfer window, Fellaini could find himself paying a bigger price for his ill-discipline against the Tigers.