Van Gaal transforms perception of United’s £27.5m man Marouane Fellaini

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini now deserves his place in Louis van Gaal's squad.

Marouane Fellaini’s arrival at Manchester United was swiftly used as a sign for everything that was going wrong at the club following David Moyes’ appointment.

While the club were linked with a whole host of world-class names, the Belgian international was the only senior player to arrive that summer and United would suffer as a result.

That had nothing to do with Fellaini per se, but the club did not significantly strengthen and too many players - all but one in fact - were used to Sir Alex Ferguson’s ways.

But just over a year after his arrival at United, Fellaini is beginning to show that he can cut it in this company, as he has played the full 90 minutes in the club’s last five matches and aided a three-game winning streak.

Of course some fans will always feel the former Everton man is not the right type of player for United, but Louis van Gaal has put his faith in him and Fellaini is repaying that faith.

So where did it all go right for the 27-year-old?

Van Gaal’s willingness to play him is certainly the biggest factor, as the likes of Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher have had to bide their time as Fellaini is picked time and again.

That would have shown both the player and the fans that Fellaini was not only at the club because Moyes was in charge, but because he actually had something to offer.

In a game that requires not just a Plan B but sometimes a Plan C or a Plan D, there will always be a place for the Belgian international, who is impressing in central midfield but can also add weight to the defensive line and contribute with a goal or two at the opposite end.

He is not Kevin Strootman or Arturo Vidal, and questions will remain as to just how much he will be used when United have completed their ongoing transformation, but for now he is a deserving of a regular starting place at Old Trafford, and for a long time it seemed that was impossible.

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