Louis van Gaal changing Manchester United’s style was the turning point against Preston North End.
Fellaini was the focal point of United’s attacks and his stats indicate how impressive his performance was overall: 89.4% of his 40 passes found a team-mate and nobody had more shots (four) than Fellaini, one of which was the Belgian midfielder’s goal to put Man United in the lead. He wasn’t flustered in possession either and was great at holding it up too.
By comparison, Herrera completed 86.9% of his 61 passes and Daley Blind 87.% of his 74 passes. Both players completed a lot more passes overall but that has never been a natural part of Fellaini’s game.
He was a real asset for Man United against Preston. Their defence couldn’t stop him from creating danger and as the game went on, Fellaini was causing even more problems having been moved into a more advanced position after Young’s introduction.
Man United fans were certainly impressed with Fellaini’s performance as they chose him as the landslide winner of the Man of the Match award:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 16, 2015
Fellaini’s current rich vein of form has made him into an important first-team squad member, a far cry from the midfielder who was considered entirely dispensable under David Moyes.
It’s been a tough transition for Fellaini to come off the back of last year’s criticism but he has really shown his value to the squad ever since scoring an equaliser against West Brom.