It was his nod down from a cross which Juan Mata duly converted to give Manchester United the lead and all night long he was an outlet which United used to good effect.
Fans were surprised to see him play there but speaking with MUTV, Van Gaal has made it clear he is happy to play Fellaini, who joined for £27.5m, there again in the future if he feels it helps the side.
When questioned by MUTV on Wayne Rooney‘s best position, Van Gaal said: “He’s a multi-functional player and I like that. In striking spots, we have Radamel Falcao, James Wilson, Robin van Persie and also Marouane Fellaini.”
Van Gaal on Rooney's position: "He is a multi-functional player + I like that. In striking spots, we have Falcao/Wilson/RVP + also Fellaini"
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Fellaini’s best form as a footballer came under David Moyes at Everton when used in the supporting striker role and Van Gaal clearly has a penchant for Fellaini in that sort of position after his performance against Cambridge.
As a consequence, don’t be surprised to see Fellaini starting up front against West Ham at the weekend but if his inclusion came at the expense of Rooney, Falcao or Van Persie, there’d be plenty of questions asked.