Phil Neville: Fellaini is in better frame of mind than last season

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Former Manchester United player Phil Neville has pointed out a main difference in Marouane Fellaini from last season.

Former Manchester United man Phil Neville has told the club’s website he feels the circumstances surrounding Marouane Fellaini’s trip to Everton this weekend are different from last season.

Fellaini took a lot of criticism from the Everton crowd last season, following a late move to play under old boss David Moyes.

The Toffees won the game 2-0 with Moyes eventually sacked, before heading off to La Liga to coach Real Sociedad, but he’s been in resurgent form under new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

“I think it’ll be good for Fellaini to go back to Goodison now because he’s going back in a better of state of mind,” said Neville.

“He's in better form and I think he’s going there full of confidence. What happened in terms of his departure from Everton has been forgotten about now so Everton fans can probably look at it and say Marouane did a great job for us, he’s coming back and United fans are seeing the best of him.”

The way United have utilised Fellaini this season has been criticised, with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce quoted by ESPN commenting on United’s long ball tactics.

However, he’s doing what the club have paid such a high fee for him to do; put in good performances and win games.

He may also have a deep determination to perform this weekend because of the poor display his current side put in at Goodison last time round.

Van Gaal can play on that and hopefully the club will see a big performance as a result, as they look to further consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top four.

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