Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini can’t wait to return to Wembley in the FA Cup final after progressing past Everton this weekend.
The Belgian international opened the scoring in the 2-1 victory against his former club and also made a goal-saving block on Romelu Lukaku in the second-half, albeit after his own mistake but it was an excellent recovery nonetheless.
Fellaini played arguably his best game in a Man United shirt and was even denied a second goal by Phil Jagielka’s handball in what were testing and pressured circumstances, and he certainly wants to be in the starting XI come the end of May.
“In my first season in England, I played against Chelsea in the final and lost,” he said.
“I hope to win this season. Of course, everyone is looking forward to it but now we have to focus on the league as well. We want to finish in the top four and look forward to the final.
“It was very tough for us but the spirit of the team was great and we deserved to win this game. When you play in big games, there is a lot of motivation and we have to be motivated in the final too. Everton had nothing to lose so they pushed it for 25 minutes and it was tough for us. But we created a lot of chances in the second half as well, so we deserved to win.”
With the likes of Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin on the bench, supporters were furious with Louis van Gaal when they saw Fellaini in the starting line-up due to his poor performances for the majority of the season.
Yet he went onto prove fans wrong with a solid performance. Starring as one of our most influential players at Wembley, he managed to grab himself a vital goal to help the Dutchman’s side progress into the final. Fair play Fellaini, we’re all eating our humble pie.
His involvement on the side certainly splits opinions of fans but if he can put that sort of shift in every game in a more advanced midfield role, nobody would have any qualms with him being in a starting XI.