Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says he was pleased to see Manchester United score against West Brom, an emotion he has never felt previously.
The reason for this was the goalscorer, much-criticised Belgian, Marouane Fellaini.
Speaking after the game to SkySports, Carragher hailed the half-time substitute who made an immediate impact by scoring an impressive equaliser in the 2-2 draw.
"This isn't the Fellaini of United we've seen. This is the Fellaini of Everton, who we haven't seen enough. You have to use him like this.
"At times last season he was caught between playing his way, and the United way, similar to the manager.
"I've probably never said this before, but I've never pleased to see united score a goal (before now). He was a fantastic player for Everton. He's been battered. That was him being Fellaini.
"If you get the ball into his chest he's unplayable. He may not be the united way, but he's effective. You've got to use that.
"I felt sorry for him. The manager who bought him was sacked and he took a lot of criticism. He is an option and I think he will be needed."
The problem for Fellaini is his best position appears to be behind the striker, but this is usually occupied by Wayne Rooney or Juan Mata.
While £27.5 million may prove ultimately an over-payment for an impact squad player, if Fellaini can score goals and justify his place in the side, the points won off the back of his goals will be vital.
The real surprise, is that it is Van Gaal, rather than his old Everton boss David Myes, who appears to know how to use him more effectively.