Marouane Fellaini believes he has had more ‘luck’ this season

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini thinks he has had a bit more luck than he did under David Moyes after recent good form.

Fellaini came on as a half-time substitute against West Brom in October and remarkably has started every game since against opposition including Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Matters were helped by the fact Fellaini scored his first club goal within minutes of his return to action and went to impress in several games, becoming a key part of Louis van Gaal‘s midfield.

The 27-year-old had a poor first season under David Moyes but seems a much more confident figure in his second season and more like the Fellaini that became such a key player at Goodison Park.

 

Speaking to HLN in Belgium, Fellaini said: “Last year was a bad year, not only for me but for the whole team. It really did not run last season, now it’s better. I’m beginning to know the other players. I work under the new coach as hard as last year, but maybe I have had a little more luck, which is important in football.

“It was very difficult to start the new season with an injury. But I have not doubted and given everything to get back to my level. At the moment I’m in great shape.

“I might be playing slightly higher [up the pitch] than last year, but I do not think I play better now because I’m in a different position. The coach has changed my position frequently and that is good for me. It shows that he trusts me as much as the rest.”

Last season Fellaini was the prime scapegoat on the pitch for United fans and received cruel, ironic cheers whenever he touched the ball against Valencia in pre-season. But the Belgian has silenced many of his doubters although he isn’t sweating on what supporters inside Old Trafford think of him.

“Well, that is fans, hey. They are happy, then not again, that’s part of football. Of course it gives me great pleasure that they now speak so highly of me. But like last year when it was less, I try to focus on my football. What happens next is not so important.”

If Fellaini bags his third goal for the club against Liverpool on Sunday, he may as well write himself into United folklore…

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