Marouane Fellaini made the deadline day move to Manchester United over a year ago now, for a then expensive £27.5m when David Moyes was in charge. The big Belgian struggled to make any kind of impact at all under Moyes, and his confidence looked bereft from minute one. This season however, he seems to be playing like a man possessed.
He started life under Louis van Gaal off with his first United goal in a pre-season friendly. Sadly he picked up an injury before the Premier League started proper, but he returned to the fold off the bench against West Brom. Within minutes he found himself on the scoresheet with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike, he shifted the ball to the side before ripping it past a helpless West Brom keeper.
Since that game he’s started every time, putting in wonderful performances one after the other. He’s winning tackles, winning headers and making good forward passes. He’s doing what we all expected of him last year but for some reason he just couldn’t do it. Louis van Gaal seems to have given him a new lease of life and a clean slate like he promised to every player.
Even the fans are coming round to the 27-year old. That game against Valencia was met with ironic cheers when he took to the field, and he shut them up straight away by scoring that day. Since then he’s been as solid as a rock in our midfield, and arguably our most consistent player of the season over the past month or so.
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