Martial scored a diving header in the second half to get Man United back on level terms as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Russian capital. It was a crucial game for the Reds and Fellaini, along with the rest of the side, will be relieved to head back to Manchester unbeaten.
The Belgian came on as a half-time substitute, replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger, after the Reds were poor in the opening period. Fellaini’s introduction allowed Man United to go more direct and meant his side got further up the pitch. United started to dictate the play and were able to decide the tempo of the game, something that helped immensely in a much-improved second half display.
— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) October 21, 2015
Fellaini will be happy to get minutes on the pitch, having come on as a substitute against Everton at the weekend as well. His appearance against CSKA proved that he is not just a target man for United, as his movement between the holding positions in midfield and the No.10 role ensured United got a much better grip of the game.
The CSKA defence struggled to cope with the physical presence of the 27-year-old and he played a huge aprt in bringing the likes of Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial into the game. Fellaini will hope he did enough during his brief appearance to warrant a starting place for the Manchester derby on Sunday, as the Reds look to leapfrog Manchester City with a win in a crucial Premier League clash.