Fellaini explains goal celebration with Januzaj

by Richard Laverty

Marouane Fellaini has explained why he sprinted towards Manchester United team-mate Adnan Januzaj after scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Fellaini returned to the team with a half-time appearance and scored after spending just ten minutes on the pitch before making a beeline for his international colleague.

Januzaj has featured rarely under Louis van Gaal due to the lack of wingers in either of the manager’s preferred formations and rumours persist the teenager will leave on loan before the February deadline.

But Fellaini explained to MUTV he celebrated with Januzaj due to the winger going through a tough time and that he likes to ‘look after him’.

“He hasn’t played a lot this season, so I like to look after him.”

Speaking about his goal, Fellaini praised Antonio Valencia for the assist and believes it was an important time to score. “It was a good pass, there was good control and a good finish. It was important to score early in the second half because we knew in the end it’d be difficult, which it was. It was a physical game, with a lot of challenges. We had to win the second balls. It was difficult, but we stayed patient. We knew we would score, and we did.”

With Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all winning, Fellaini believes it is now more important than ever to put a run of wins together.

“It was important to win because we have to keep going,” he stressed. “We have to win every game to stay in the top four. Every team wants to play in the Champions League, so we have to keep going in a lot of games.”

The Belgian hasn’t featured as much lately due to illness and injury but could start against Cambridge United in the FA Cup on Friday night.

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