Van Persie: Fellaini dominated top Chelsea star Fabregas - Is this the proof?

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Robin van Persie has hailed the performance of Marouane Fellaini against Chelsea.

Marouane Fellaini produced an impressive performance for Manchester United against Chelsea, playing a crucial role in the club's late equaliser.

The eventual goalscorer, Robin van Persie, was quick to praise the Belgian after the game, in particular his effect on limiting the attacking prowess of Cesc Fabregas.

A look at Fellaini's apparent effectiveness is illustrated by Cesc Fabregas' lack of chances created from open play. It was the first time this season he has not carved out a single opportunity with the game in flow..

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That is of huge credit to Fellaini, who was coming off the back of an impressive substitute display against West Brom in the previous game, in which he scored.

The draw will give United confidence heading into an important run of fixtures, and Fellaini has a real chance of finally establishing himself in the club's midfield.

Fellaini could do little to prevent Fabregas contributing an assist from a corner, but his limitation of the Spaniard's efforts in open play certainly aided United in coming back to claim a point.

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