Football pundit Robbie Savage says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is beginning to show signs of magic - by turning around Marouane Fellaini’s form in recent weeks.
The Belgian international midfielder endured a tough debut campaign at Old Trafford, often bearing the brunt of criticism and jibes for United’s shortcomings last season.
His future with the Red Devils was placed into doubt over the summer following the arrival of boss Louis van Gaal and a number of new high-profile signings totalling more than £150 million.
After a potential deal away from the club failed to materialise, Fellaini has since embarked on new lease of life at Old Trafford and has begun to show signs of why the club paid Everton £27 million for his services.
The 27-year-old has started the last six games for United, playing a major role in the team’s surge up the table prompting Robbie Savage to praise van Gaal’s involvement in his recent form.
“There are signs, however, that Van Gaal is beginning to work his magic. Until a few weeks ago, most United fans had written off Marouane Fellaini as a £27m misfit,” Savage wrote in the Mirror.
“Since he came on at half-time and scored at West Brom though, Fellaini has been transformed. When United have not been able to open up teams with incisive pass-and-move, his aerial threat has given them an extra dimension.”
“For all their embarrassment of riches – Rooney, Di Maria, Falcao, Van Persie – who would have thought that two of the key figures in United’s climb back towards the Champions League would be De Gea and Fellaini?”
Fellaini has represented United just 30 times in all competitions since joining in the summer of 2013, scoring his first club goal in the 2-2 away draw at West Bromwich Albion last October.
In six Premier League starts this season, he has been awarded the Man of the Match award on two occasions, his first since the 2012/13 campaign.