Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini: I see myself as a defensive midfielder

Marouane Fellaini was a surprise hit for Manchester United in attack this season but says his best role is as a defensive midfielder.

Marouane Fellaini turned heads last season, so who is confident enough to doubt him again?

David Moyes signed Fellaini from Everton and played the Belgian as a defensive midfielder, which resulted in the Belgian showcasing his worst spell as a professional footballer. Maybe that was because it was at Manchester United and expectations are higher there than any of his previous clubs, but he was indisciplined and lost possession far too regularly.

This season, however, in a more attacking role, Fellaini has turned things around by being an advantage to Louis van Gaal's side. He popped up with goals and assists, bullied members of the opposition and was an all-round nuisance.

Fellaini is now reaching out to van Gaal by saying he can be the midfield enforcer Manchester United are searching for this summer.

If the Dutch manager thought this was a possibility, he would not have risked playing Ander Herrera in a holding role when Michael Carrick was absent through injury at the end of the season.

But the 27-year-old is convinced his best position is in a holding role - and claims he can solve what has been a problem area for van Gaal.

“I see myself as a defensive midfielder,” Fellaini told the Manchester Evening News.

“I feel comfortable playing there and if the manager decides he wants to play me there, I will.

“At the moment I play more up front, so it’s good for me. I score goals so in football it’s important.

“I’m happy to play there and win some important games.”

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