Van Gaal implies surprise star will be instrumental to United success

Old Trafford

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he knew within 30 minutes of the West Bromwich Albion match that Fellaini was the 'Marou-man'.

Marouane Fellaini possesses a quality that could be instrumental to any success Manchester United hope to achieve this season.

That is what manager Louis van Gaal has seemingly suggested as he offered his post-match comments following the club's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday, Monday.

Fellaini replaced Ander Herrera at half-time and, within two minutes and 48 seconds, scored an equaliser as the Belgium international canceled out Stephane Sessegnon's eighth minute opener.

Saido Berahino restored West Brom's lead but Daley Blind spared the visitor's blushes three minutes from the end.

"After 30 minutes I said to Fellaini, look at what Herrera is doing as I want you to play but I will put you on the other side because Angel di Maria has the crosses for it," said the Dutchman to Sky Sports after the draw. "And he scores at once," added van Gaal, obviously pleased with his tactical switch.

United are blessed with creative players like Juan Mata, Angel di Maria or Adnan Januzaj but also are spoiled for choice when it comes to goal-scorers due to the presence of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney.

However, van Gaal has realised that, if the club are to be successful in English football then a physical presence is key.

"Herrera played normal I think but we have to look for physical balance and maybe that is our problem.

"In England you need creative players and physical - Fellaini is one of these. I'm looking for balance."

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