Taking the examples of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, who both began their Stretford careers slowly only to go on to become defensive lynchpins for Manchester United, coach Phil Neville believes Marouane Fellaini can also develop into a rock for the club, in a vital midfield position, and that the catalyst for such a transformation will be to secure the winning goal in an upcoming game.
He is quoted by the Manchester Evening News to have said: 'We are really relaxed and we are really patient with Felli because you have seen it with players in the past like Patrice Evra and Nemanjda Vidic it took them six months to settle in here.
'It is not just the games on a Saturday or midweek, it is the intensity of the training, the size of the club and the expectation from the fans. All the other things like that that go with playing for Man United it takes time to get used to. I think in the last couple of games he’s played he has looked a lot fitter, he’s looking more confident.'
What would do wonders for the player's confidence, Neville asserts, is to produce a starring role where he wins his team maximum points: 'What is important for Marouane now is to play well in a match that we win and he scores a goal. He needs to score and win. He needs to experience that feeling when you are part of a team that wins.'
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