Bojan Djordjic pinpoints what has helped Fellaini improve at Manchester United

Former Manchester United midfielder Bojan Djordjic claims attacking tactics have given Marouane Fellaini more freedom at the club.

Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini has started his side's last seven games in all competitions and looks a completely different player to the one that struggled under failed Scottish manager David Moyes last season.

According to United's old youth captain Bojan Djordjic, Fellaini's rejuvenation is down to the attacking tactics that Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has brought to the club.

Djordjic, now 32 and playing for Indian side Chennaiyin, told Sky Sports: “I felt like his talent was being wasted (last season). He has to be useful for United as he was at Everton. It’s harder to find that spot at United but it’s probably a little easier now because they are so attacking.

“They’re putting lots of crosses in and he now has that license under Van Gaal to come into the box and join the attack like for the goal he scored against Stoke.

“Last season he wasn’t really attacking the ball in the area with confidence and was more static in the box.

“Now his confidence is higher and he’s timing his runs much better. He’s now more like the Fellaini Everton had and not his twin brother who we had last year!”

Many expected the former Everton man would be shown the door in the summer following van Gaal's arrival but a move away never materialised. How times have now changed though as the six-foot-four midfield powerhouse looked undroppable in the United team up until the Southampton fixture on Tuesday, where the whole first 11 had a 90 minutes to forget despite taking all three points.

Fellaini's distribution in the 2-1 win was poor and a misplaced pass led to Graziano Pelle's 31st-minute equaliser. In the six games that he started prior to this though he has given a very good account of himself, including scoring a crucial goal in the 2-1 win against Stoke City.

When the likes of Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria return to action it's unclear whether Fellaini will still be guaranteed a spot in United's starting 11, but in six of the last seven games he has been involved in he has given himself the best possible chance. 

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