Marouane Fellaini praised for recent Manchester United performances

by Richard Laverty

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has praised Marouane Fellaini in the wake of his performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Fellaini opened the scoring with his fourth league goal of the season to put Manchester United on their way and the Belgian is fast becoming key to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

After becoming the scapegoat under David Moyes, Fellaini has certainly turned his career around and was influential in United’s opening two goals on Sunday.

Redknapp has praised Fellaini for his recent performances and for how important he’s become within Old Trafford.

“I’ve never been his biggest fan, but credit where credit’s due: Marouane Fellaini was outstanding against Tottenham on Sunday,” he said.

“Since he first arrived at the club he has had to fight perceptions and prove his worth. I still don’t think in the long term he is a United player — he’s certainly not someone to build a team around — but this season he has been one of their most effective players.

Louis van Gaal has made him his go-to man and it is paying off. He scored one,was involved in another and caused Spurs the most problems.

“He was United’s best outfield player against Arsenal and again on Sunday, so fair play to him and Van Gaal for making it work.”

Fellaini was given ironic cheers in pre-season when he came on against Valencia in a friendly match but scored the winner in the final minute and went on to get his first professional goal against West Brom in the league.

The midfielder then become integral as United went on an unbeaten run that stretched into 2015 and despite rumours he would be sold last summer, it now appears he is at the club for the long haul.

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