Fellaini happy to be used as box to box midfielder

by Sam Peoples

Marouane Fellaini is happy for Louis van Gaal to use him as a box to box midfielder for Manchester United.

The Belgian has come into some improved form in his past few performances for United including a very accomplished 90 minutes against Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Under David Moyes, Fellaini was far more pedestrian in a defensive minded midfield role but is comfortable playing further up the pitch, a role he was so dangerous in for Everton.

“At the moment the manager is using me as a box-to-box player and I am trying to score a goal,” he said.

“I played a little bit more up front as a No8. Then for the last 20 minutes I played at No6 alongside Daley Blind. I can play different positions.”

Fellaini deserves credit for forcing his way back into United’s side after a tough start to life at Old Trafford and has given himself a new lease of life.

Last year he was cumbersome and pedestrian whenever he played but he has shown some real energy under Louis van Gaal and, matched with Daley Blind, has added some real physical presence in the middle.

He is far from the box to box midfield solution United have craved since the departure of Roy Keane in 2005 but does add a genuine option for Van Gaal to use in his squad which can only improve the team.

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