Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes ex-Everton midfield man Marouane Fellaini has become Manchester United’s most important player.
The Belgium international was much-maligned by the Old Trafford faithful during his debut season at the club, but this term has seen him establish himself under boss Louis van Gaal.
His goal in today’s 4-2 mauling of bitter rivals Manchester City in the derby showdown further endeared him to supporters, and he is now considered an integral member of the Red Devils set-up.
Carragher put old rivalries aside to join the chorus of praise for Fellaini on social media site Twitter, admitting that he has become “as important as anyone in van Gaal’s system”.
Pleased for Fellaini after last season, now looks as important as anyone in Van Gaal’s system.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 12, 2015
United’s triumph over their neighbours strengthened their chances of securing Champions League qualification after spending last season away from European competition altogether.
City, meanwhile, find themselves scrapping to clinch a top-four position, rather than fighting to retain the Premier League title they earned last May, having won only four of their last 15 matches in all competitions.