Fellaini ready for tough QPR match

by Richard Laverty

Marouane Fellaini says he and all his Manchester United team mates are ready for whatever QPR will throw at them when the pair face each other on Saturday afternoon.

Fellaini, who joined United for £27.5m, was almost the forgotten man as Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao all made their home debut in a 4-0 win against QPR on Sunday but a run of good performances has seen the Belgian become an important part of United’s team.

Speaking to the Manchester United official website ahead of the match, Fellaini made it clear United were going in to the game prepared.

“We have all trained hard this week and we’ve looked at how QPR play,” he said.

“They play more direct so we have to be ready for that. But we can create chances to score so we have to go there and do it.”

Fellaini returned to action after suffering a broken rib and coming down with a virus over Christmas and was brought on as United failed to create any sort of chance against Southampton and the Belgian was disappointed to lose.

He added: “We created chances in the last 15 minutes [against Southampton] when we pressed the goal. Now we have to be ready from the first minute to press hard and create the chances.

“The manager told me to get into the box for when crosses came in and to win challenges. I did that but we didn’t score so we were disappointed. It was hard to lose.”

But Fellaini’s return now gives Van Gaal even more options in midfield with Daley Blind also returning last weekend.

“It was good to be back, I feel better,” Fellaini added.

“I broke my rib and was very sick, but now I’m much better and I’m training hard every day to be fit. When you do nothing for three weeks it’s difficult to come back so I have to train hard.”

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