Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been a rejuvenated figure this season, and manager Louis van Gaal has urged him to continue playing well.
The Belgium international had a truly disappointing 2013-14 season and was reported to be on his way out of Old Trafford.
However, Fellaini eventually remained a United player and, having recovered from his injury, he now seems to have made himself one of the favourites of Van Gaal.
The 26-year-old came on as a half-time substitute in the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion away from home earlier this month and scored.
The £27.5 million man could feature against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and Van Gaal wants him to continue his good run of form.
‘He has made a great contribution and also the assist for the [Chelsea] goal’, the Dutchman told reporters on Friday. ‘He has had a lot of time out injured but when he is fit I have played him. He has to continue with that because then I am very pleased’.
Competition for places in United’s midfield is fierce, which means that Fellaini will have to be on top of his game all the time.
The former Everton star has a physical presence that Van Gaal admires. If he starts against City, then Fellaini needs to use that and continue to impress his manager.