Five ways Marouane Fellaini's game v Palace was his best yet

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Manchester United star put in his most impressive performance to date for the Red Devils.

Marouane Fellaini made his Manchester United comeback at the weekend, and it was a successful one.

In fact the 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace was the only Premier League match he has started this season for United or Everton that he has ended up on the winning team in nine attempts.

The 26-year-old won the praise of teammate Wayne Rooney, who told MUTV: I thought he did really well. He’s a good player and different to anything we’ve got. He’s big and strong in the middle of the park and can get up and down the pitch."

Manager David Moyes was in agreement, telling ManUtd.com: "I’m pleased with how he played. He did well. He’s come in and given us something different which we hoped he would.

"He made a chance for himself and should have scored, but it was only his first game for nearly three months, so he needs a bit of time to settle. Everyone needs that at times."

The statistics from the victory at Selhurst Park suggest the positive words for the Belgian international were well earned.

Here are five ways in which Fellaini's performance was his best of the season so far:

Touches

Fellaini touched the ball almost 100 times against Palace, his most imposing influence on a game in a United shirt to date.

PlayerMatchMatchdayTouchesMins
Marouane Fellaini Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 27 98 88
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Everton 14 90 90
Marouane Fellaini Man City vs Man Utd 05 82 90
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Southampton 08 78 76
Marouane Fellaini Cardiff vs Man Utd 12 75 90

Number of accurate passes

Fellaini completed 65 accurate passes, more than in any game for the club. His passing accuracy while slightly better in losses to Everton and Manchester City, game about with fewer complete passes.

PlayerMatchMatchdayPassing accuracy %Accurate PassMins
Marouane Fellaini Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 27 91.55 65 88
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Everton 14 92.65 63 90
Marouane Fellaini Man City vs Man Utd 05 92.31 60 90
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Southampton 08 85.45 47 76
Marouane Fellaini Cardiff vs Man Utd 12 83.02 44 90

Won tackles, tackling percentage

In no other game this season has Fellaini won three tackles, while recording a 100 per cent success rate. 

NameMatchMatchdayTackle success rate %Won TackleMins
Marouane Fellaini Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 27 100.00 3 88
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Southampton 08 100.00 1 76
Marouane Fellaini Man City vs Man Utd 05 100.00 1 90
Marouane Fellaini Cardiff vs Man Utd 12 75.00 3 90
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Everton 14 60.00 3 90

Ball recovery

Fellaini won back possession for United by picking up loose balls 10 times, matching his season's best in the 1-0 home defeat to Everton.

PlayerMatchMatchdayBall RecoveryMins
Marouane Fellaini Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 27 10 88
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Everton 14 10 90
Marouane Fellaini Fulham vs Man Utd 10 8 45
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd vs Southampton 08 8 76
Marouane Fellaini Man City vs Man Utd 05 7 90
Marouane Fellaini Cardiff vs Man Utd 12 5 90

Possession won attacking third

In the win at Palace, Fellaini won possession back for United in the attacking third of the pitch for the first time since joining the club.

PlayerMatchMatchdayTeamPosPoss Won Att 3rdMins
Marouane Fellaini Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 27 Man Utd MF 1 88

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