Marouane Fellaini: I see myself as a defensive midfielder

Marouane Fellaini: I see myself as a defensive midfielder

Marouane Fellaini believes his Manchester United teammates have adapted to Louis van Gaal‘s style of play and has insisted his future at Man United should be as a defensive midfielder.

Fellaini rose to prominence in the Premier League as a central attacking midfielder under David Moyes’ watch at Everton.

Following a £27.5 million move to United in the summer of 2013, the Belgian struggled to settle into life at Old Trafford but has impressed Van Gaal with with six goals in 26 appearances for the club last season.

Despite playing well in an attacking role, Fellaini has told Goal.com that he still sees himself as a defensive midfielder and clearly feels he can be a box-to-box type player.

He said: “I see myself as a defensive midfielder, I feel comfortable playing there and if the manager decides he wants to play me there, I will.

“At the moment I play more up front, so it’s good for me. I score goals so in football it’s important. I’m happy to play there and win some important games.”

Regarding the adaptation to Louis van Gaal‘s style of play, Fellaini added: “Now we know how we work, his philosophy, how we have to play, how we have to think. So that’s why we won a lot of games in the last few months.”

There was a fear that Fellaini lacked the technique to fit into a Louis van Gaal system but he proved that this was not the case.

United are looking to make further steps forward during this very important stage of rebuilding and it seems that Fellaini has a role to play in that development.

The 27-year-old is adamant he is ready to fight for a starting place in United’s first choice XI having impressed in his second season with the club.

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