Louis van Gaal praises Marouane Fellaini for his ability to follow instructions

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has praised Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini for his ability to follow instructions and help the team.

Fellaini opened the scoring at Wembley as Man United sealed a 2-1 victory over Everton this weekend to book their first final appearance in nine years.

The Belgian international is often maligned by Man United supporters but his spectacular performance at Wembley left some fans questioning Louis van Gaal‘s decision to substitute him off in the 87 minute.

Speaking about Fellaini, van Gaal said: “Fellaini is a player who wants to perform what we have agreed and I like that. He is also good with his head at set-plays – both for and against us – because we have a small team and he can help us.”

With Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Morgan Schneiderlin all starting on the bench, fans questioned the Dutchman’s tactics to start Fellaini in the middle of the field before the game.

However the Belgian played a crucial role in the match and even made a wonderful recovery tackle after his own mistake to stop Romelu Lukaku from scoring at the opposite end of the pitch in the second half.

It looked like he finally found his form. He held the ball well, linked up play and it was arguably his best performance in a Man United shirt as he came up against his former club, and in a more advanced midfield role which he played so often at Everton rather than the central midfield role he’s occupied on too many occasions this season. Who’d have thought it?

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