Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been speaking about his improved form this season, and is owing it all to a change of position.
The Belgian international has netted his first goal for the club in recent weeks, and played a major role in the equaliser against Chelsea.
Against Manchester City he made five successful tackles in the recent match at The Etihad, compared to none during the corresponding game last season, illustrating a clear up-tick in performance.
Admitting he felt like a scapegoat for the club's form last season, the midfielder has told how different tactics have helped get the best out of him, and getting on the scoresheet is a major objective.
"At the moment the manager is using me as a box-to-box player and I am trying to score a goal,”
“(Against Palace) I played a little bit more up front as a No8. Then for the last 20 minutes I played at No6 alongside Daley Blind. I can play different positions.”
Last season he was deployed as a defensive midfielder but was unimpressive, failing to be effective in shielding the defence, and not showing any of the danger in attack he did at Everton.
He is willing to play in different positions, which is just as well given Louis van Gaal's experimentation with different systems so far this campaign.
Fellaini may not be the football purist's cup of tea, but he offers United a different option, and the pragmatic Louis van Gaal is right to concentrate on trying to make him an impact player, by making him a threat in the final third.