Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini determined to force way into starting XI

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he is determined to show Louis van Gaal that he should be part of the starting XI.

Fellaini enjoyed a fruitful campaign under van Gaal last term but he has found opportunities harder to come by this time around.

The Belgian has been used in midfield by van Gaal as well as an emergency forward but Fellaini has found himself on the substitute’s bench more often than not this season.

When asked if he still has a part to play at Man United, Fellaini said: ”Of course.

“Last season I played nearly every game. This season I’ve played some games and been on the bench, but I’ve worked hard to be in the team.

“I’m happy to be at Man United and I’ve always trained hard. I want to play because I know I can help the team, that I can be important.

“The manager decides which position I play, and if he needs me I’m there.”


Fellaini has his uses as he can be effective when the team is not playing well.

However, a club of United’s stature cannot be playing a player like him week in, week out. United often resort to long-ball tactics when Fellaini is on the pitch and opposition teams quickly figure out how to defend against it. While Fellaini is a useful squad player, he may have to settle for a bit-part role at Old Trafford.

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