Paul Scholes: Marouane Fellaini’s best position was always No.10

by Sam Peoples

Paul Scholes has been very impressed by Marouane Fellaini but is not at all surprised it came following a positional switch by Louis van Gaal.

The Belgian midfielder is playing a more advance role under van Gaal akin to where he posed so much threat as an Everton player and United are reaping the rewards.

Another goal last weekend in the game against Manchester City continued his excellent run of form and although Scholes has questioned whether Fellaini has the qualities to replicate this form on big Champions League nights, he has always been impressed by his commitment.

Writing in his latest column, Scholes said: “When I was coaching under Ryan Giggs at the end of last season, we always felt that Fellaini’s best position was as an unorthodox No 10 – the role he is playing now. When he first joined United, David Moyes had played him as a central midfielder but I don’t think controlling the game from there is Fellaini’s biggest strength.

“When I played against him when he was at Everton, he was just a giant nuisance: elbows up, big and strong and always liable to peel off and take up a position at the back post. That is how Van Gaal is playing him now and not asking Fellaini to do the things he finds more difficult. I do wonder whether Fellaini has the quality to win games in the Champions League latter stages but that is for another day. I always found him a good, committed player who trained hard.”

It’s been an arduous road for Fellaini since joining for £27.5m last summer but he’s won over fans and critics alike with how he has played over the last few weeks, none more so than van Gaal.

If you were told as a United 12 months ago that Fellaini would be one of the most important in-form players at the club going a game against Chelsea away, you’d have probably laughed and that’s a testament to how much he has turned his own fortunes around.

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all struggled to contain Fellaini in recent weeks. Now, it’s Chelsea’s turn.

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