Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini in The Daily Mail.
Fellaini has been in brilliant form in recent weeks for United and has established himself as an important player for manager Louis van Gaal.
The 27-year-old was again superb for the Red Devils in their 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Belgium international played in an attacking role against Spurs, and had two shots, created one chance, put in one cross, won 40% of the tackles and 58% of the headers, and made one interception and one clearance.
Redknapp was impressed with the shift put in by Fellaini and wrote in The Daily Mail: “I’ve never been his biggest fan, but credit where credit’s due: Marouane Fellaini was outstanding against Tottenham on Sunday.
“Since he first arrived at the club he has had to fight perceptions and prove his worth. I still don’t think in the long term he is a United player — he’s certainly not someone to build a team around — but this season he has been one of their most effective players.
“Louis van Gaal has made him his go-to man and it is paying off. He scored one,was involved in another and caused Spurs the most problems.
“He was United’s best outfield player against Arsenal and again on Sunday, so fair play to him and Van Gaal for making it work.”
Many would claim that Fellaini does not have the quality to play for United. Perhaps that is right, but the former Everton star’s importance in the current team cannot be undermined.
Fellaini has been played in the number 10 role by manager Van Gaal on occasions, and he has done well.
When deployed in a deeper position, the former Standard Liege has put in a good shift and has done what the manager told him to.