A lot of the pre-match hype focussed on Fellaini’s return to his former club but he was largely anonymous at Goodison Park.
Having picked up a booking early on, van Gaal took the decision to remove Fellaini at the break.
Van Gaal explained that he could have hauled off a number of his under-performing players but felt he had to take Fellaini off due to his yellow card.
When asked why he had taken Fellaini off, van Gaal said: ”Several reasons. He was booked and Everton players were provoking him. I wasn’t sure if he’d last the full 90 mins.
“Also because we were 2-0 down at half-time. Of course, I could have changed more players.”
Fellaini was unlucky to receive the yellow card as it looked like Everton’s Ross Barkley dived.
However, he was ineffectual when on the pitch. To be fair, so were the majority of United’s players but the change was understandable at the time. It is worrying to see opposition teams successfully nullifying Fellaini so perhaps he will need to adapt his game in order to maintain his good form heading into the future.