The new Manchester United manager surprisingly says that the side should improve upon the Belgian midfielder's return to action
Louis van Gaal has once again hinted that Marouane Fellaini may feature more for his Manchester United side than many people are expecting this season.
Since the Dutchman has taken over at United he is used the press to praise the Belgian midfielder and his apparent admiration for Fellaini continued after the Red Devil’s win against Real Madrid last night.
The 62-year-old had previously spoken about how he considered the former Everton man to be a ‘quality’ player and last night, after his side’s impressive 3-1 victory over Real Madrid, he confirmed that United’s performances should improve even futher once he is available for selection again.
“We miss players like Fellaini, Januzaj, van Persie, so you cannot say: ‘OK, so we'll beat every team," Van Gaal said.
"It is not like that. But of course it’s a very good result for us and it gives confidence to all the players."
Fellaini had a torrid first campaign at Old Trafford, looking far short of the quality required to be a hit at England’s most successful club.
As a result it was expected that he could be set to move on this season, with Napoli reportedly closing in on his signature, but Van Gaal’s praise is sure to be a boost for him.
United have already been improved under their newly appointed, high-profile boss, with their results over pre-season offering encouragement that they could be in line to return to challenge for the title.
Their performances, too, have been eye-catching with the squad playing with a purpose and a tempo that was lacking throughout the entirety of last campaign.
Adding Fellaini to this fast-paced style of football, seemingly, would be expected to slow things down a bit - with the tall midfielder often a little slow with the ball at his feet - but van Gaal appears to think he has a role to play in his side.
Fellaini has not been seen in action for United since van Gaal has taken charge, but he could play some part when the squad return to England for the last part of their pre-season preparations ahead of a crucial Premier League campaign.