Marouane Fellaini's stock continued to rise as he helped Manchester United to a vital 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, leading BBC pundit and former Tottenham star Garth Crooks to compare the midfielder to Chelsea forward Didier Drogba at his best.
The 27-year-old registered superb figures with regards to winning aerial duels, winning ground duels and completing headed clearances, far outstripping the next best performer on the pitch, Liverpool's Martin Skrtel.
|Position||Team||Aerial Won||Aerial Duels Won %||Duel Won||Ground Duels Won %||Effective Head Clearance||Mins Played|
|Marouane Fellaini||MF||Man Utd||11||64.70||17||58.62||4||90|
"A lot has been said about the Belgium international's growing importance to Manchester United and the extra dimension he now gives to the side.
"I never thought Fellaini was a Manchester United-type player, but after his recent performances I am having to review my position."
Fellaini has slowly grown into one of Manchester United's most important players in recent weeks, underlined by his fantastic opening goal against Tottenham in last weekend's 3-0 win.
Against Liverpool, the former Everton man put in a towering performance that, as Crook rightly says, saw him pose a threat in offensive positions and offer essential defensive cover in his own box.
The Belgian's significance to the club can also be seen when looking at how United have done with the midfielder in and out of the team. When he has started for Van Gaal's side, they have managed to record nine out of 12 victories in the Premier League, while only winning eight from 18 games when he has not been in the starting line-up.