Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has praised the form of Marouane Fellaini, speaking to the club's official website.
Fellaini has along with Ashley Young been one of the key players in United's resurgence in recent weeks, a far cry from last season when the Belgian especially was made a scapegoat by fans and pundits alike.
Rooney believes Fellaini's problems were not just down to him, but the position in which he was played in last season, and there may just have been a veiled dig at former boss David Moyes in there too.
The England striker said: "He is being used in the right way by the manager and he is repaying that with goals and good performances.
"Last year was awful for him but in fairness he kept his head down, worked hard and came through that tough period. He is showing now what he did at Everton and why Manchester United bought him. He is a quality player."
In fairness to Moyes, he was hardly helped by Fellaini's own confusion as to his best position.
He told The BBC upon signing for the club in 2013: "The manager must decide where I play but I want to play defensive midfield."
It's a position which Fellaini may have seen as less physically exerting, but it was not one where he imposed himself enough last season, unable to stop the defence shipping goals, and not scoring a single one himself. Moyes ceded to this preference and it cost both of them, one with his job.
Van Gaal has realised what was seemingly apparent all along, that Fellaini is better in attack, causing problems for the opposing defence in the final third, and he has even begun weighing in with goals, netting five this season including one in the Manchester derby.