Marouane Fellaini has certainly been a different player under Louis van Gaal, especially since his goal just a couple of minutes into a rare appearance for the club this season against West Bromwich Albion.
Fellaini had relied on a couple of appearances from the bench this season and after scoring his first goal for the club at The Hawthorns, Fellaini put in another commanding performance against league leaders Chelsea last weekend.
He followed on from that against City and pulled out all the stops as he whipped out a piece of skill from the Zinedine Zidane play book to escape the attentions of James Milner against Manchester City.
It was a mark of how much confidence the Belgian is playing with at the moment and his change in demeanour under van Gaal recent weeks has been evident.
Against Chelsea, neither Cesc Fabregas nor Nemanja Matic quite knew what to do with Fellaini as he popped up in all areas in the midfield and took on a similar role in the first half of Sunday’s derby match.
Fellaini found an alarming amount of room between City’s defence and midfield and like Fabregas before him, Yaya Toure seemed bemused as to what to do about the big Belgian.
Sadly, Fellaini had to move into a deeper role when Chris Smalling was sent off and on another day would have bagged the equaliser for Manchester United but he misjudged a late header which went rolling wide of the midfielder’s left shoulder.
But it’s a pleasant turn of events for Fellaini, written off by most supporters last season, he’s now become a key part of Louis van Gaal‘s squad in recent weeks.