Marouane Fellaini is the perfect player to train as a coach, according to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, because of his disciplined response to instructions.
The Belgian is in the form of his life for Man United, scoring twice in the Reds’ 4-0 victory in the Premier League last Saturday.
He had previously drawn frequent criticism from United fans, but consistently had the trust and faith of his managers; first David Moyes, then Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.
Giggs explained that that’s down to his ability to follow instructions perfectly.
“He has scored important goals, as he did at Everton, and I’m really pleased for him after taking a lot of stick over the years.
“I’ve worked with him and he’s a great lad to train because he does exactly what you want, and hasn’t let the fans bother him because he’s always had the support of the players and the coaches.”
Giggs was van Gaal’s assistant manager at United for two years, working with Fellaini every day.
It’s been a mystery to many as to why Fellaini has managed to constantly be in or very near United’s first-choice starting line-up since he joined the club, despite poor performances.
But Giggs is the latest in a line of coaches to praise the 29-year-old’s professionalism and training discipline. Current United boss Mourinho has previously hailed the same attributes.
For now, Fellaini is proving to be more than just a physical presence, with the Belgian making his passing game more simple, giving away fewer passes and fewer fouls, as well as scoring.
It’s not just that he’s scoring, his overall performances have certainly improved, perhaps due to having less defensive duties in a better United side.