Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini on what Louis van Gaal told him ahead of revival

Fellaini seems to have turned things around at Old Trafford after the arrival of Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been talking about the effect that Louis van Gaal has had on his career at Old Trafford since his arrival in the summer, and suggested he had 'no doubts' about his future at the club. 

Fellaini was signed by David Moyes - who the Belgian had worked with at Everton - but Fellaini's season was much like United's as he underperformed and failed to justify his fee. When van Gaal came into the club, it was feared that Fellaini may follow his old manager out of the exit door.

But he was given an opportunity by the Dutchman, and lately the big midfielder seems to have become a more established figure within the United side.

He is quoted in the Manchester Evening News, saying: “He told me: ‘prove yourself and we’ll see.' Now they are counting on me.

“There were never any real doubts.

“I was injured at the beginning of the season and then returned.

“The coach gave me confidence and I proved myself in a few matches.

“It took a while, but now I can finally enjoy things.”

Fellaini has certainly enjoyed a more productive season having scored five goals in all competitions and seems to be of use to Louis van Gaal - whether that's to roughen up opponents, or to be a useful Plan B later on in the game.

When United paid £27 million for him, and he was the only arrival in the summer of 2013, there were a lot of eyebrows raised. People may feel he has not yet justified the price-tag but he doesn't seem to be a hindrance to the team any longer, but more of an asset. 

Part of that may be down to finding his feet at Old Trafford, but the role of van Gaal should not be overlooked.

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