Marouane Fellaini continues to prove worth to Manchester United

Old Trafford

Marouane Fellaini scored the winner as Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

It seems quite fitting that Marouane Fellaini may have scored the goal that guarantees Manchester United a return to Champions League football.

After being constantly criticised under the David Moyes regime, the Belgian has flourished under Louis van Gaal and showed his worth once again as United ran out 2-1 winners over Crystal Palace.

Fellaini met an Ashley Young cross to head home the winner, a goal which was his sixth of the season. He has nailed down a regular place in the United squad a year after many believed he would be on his way out of Old Trafford.

The way he has turned his fortunes around at the club is commendable. There are huge pressures that come with playing for United and he has handled himself well throughout.

Although he does have a tendency to be quite clumsy, Van Gaal realised quickly that a tame United side were in desperate need of his height and physicality in midfield.

It quickly led to Fellaini becoming a regular in the side. His bustling nature has complemented the silky Ander Herrera and Juan Mata superbly. The Belgian has even struck up an understanding with the much-maligned Young on the left-hand side too.

It was not a vintage Fellaini performance on Saturday by any means, but his crucial strike was enough to continue his individual momentum.

He completed just 82% of his passes and won just 33% of his aerial duels but it is his goal that will live in memory over everything else.

Although many believe that he is a limited footballer who will not be a regular in the long term, Fellaini is doing his best to prove them wrong.

Whether United can win the Premier League title or challenge in the Champions League with the likes of Fellaini and Young in their team is a different story, but the duo have, without doubt, been key figures in their season.

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