Marouane Fellaini led by example in Manchester United’s U21s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Monday night.
The big Belgian midfielder was surprisingly named in the starting by Warren Joyce but it certainly proved to be the right decision.
Fellaini got on the end of a perfect Andreas Pereira cross to give Man United the lead at one end and then in the second half he set-up both of United’s other two goals.
Louis van Gaal couldn’t ask for much more than that and fans were impressed to see Fellaini playing so well:
Fellaini should play in the U21s every week.
— Alec Hudson (@Alehud42) November 30, 2015
— CharlieIsARed (@CharlieisaRed) November 30, 2015
Flick on from Fellaini to tee up Pereira moments before, then nice run and tap in at the back post for a quality goal. 1-0 #mufc
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) November 30, 2015
Hate Fellaini all you want but full credit goes his way tonight. 1 goal and 2 assists and he didn't moan about reserve football. Eg Valdes
— James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) November 30, 2015
For Fellaini, its’s a tough situation to be in because he’d love to be playing every week just like he did for a period last year but the reality us that there are too many players above him – unless we’re switching to plan B and sending in long-balls.
Moving forward, Fellaini’s performance on Monday night was the best thing he could do to up his chances of earning more opportunities with the first-team. That being said, he still faces a big task in forcing his way into van Gaal’s side on more than just a substitute bass.