Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has hailed his boss Louis van Gaal as the key reason behind his return to form.
The Belgian international cost the Red Devils a whopping £27.5 million in the summer of 2013, but he struggled to make an impact in his debut season.
Initially a second-choice transfer option behind the likes of Ander Herrera and Thiago Alcantara, Fellaini soon received the brunt of the criticism aimed United’s way for a disappointing 2013/14 season.
After criticism followed well into the new campaign, Fellaini stunned his critics by finding his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion and following that up with a run of excellent performances.
Now a permanent fixture in a United side boasting a fantastic six-game winning streak, the former Everton man underlined the impact Van Gaal has had on his confidence.
“When he spoke to me he told me that he wanted me to show him that I could play. That was it. After that, I showed myself in training and then I started to play,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“The manager did not push me out as some suggested he would, he has given me a chance to play an important part in his team and has supported me.
“He has been fantastic for everyone. When I play, he gives me a role and he gives me confidence. This has really helped me but I never lost belief that I could be a good player for United.
“Like every other player, there will be games when I do not play well. But for now things are going really well so I am happy.”
Fellaini has started eight Premier League matches this season, scoring two goals and averaging an impressive 3.3 tackles and 2.6 effective clearances per game.