Marouane Fellaini learned a lot from difficult first season

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has explained why it took him time to settle into life at Manchester United.

The Belgium international goes against his former club Everton on Sunday afternoon and is now established as a key player under United boss Louis van Gaal.

It wasn’t always that way though, as Fellaini initially struggled to find his feet at Old Trafford - under then manager David Moyes.

The former-Everton star believes he was suffering from a loss of confidence after switching to Manchester United, having spent so long in a system built around his strengths at Goodison Park.

He’s now settled at Old Trafford though, and ready to go against his former employers this afternoon as United look to consolidate a top four spot and qualification for next year’s Champions League.

“I'm happy,” Fellaini told Sky Sports. “I have to continue like that, to show what I can do for my team-mates. For me, that's the most important thing.

“[Signing for United] was new for me. It was difficult. A lot of people criticised me, but people they forget quickly I played five great seasons and one year.

"Some people said I lost my football. It's not that. OK, I lost a bit of my confidence... it was not a great season for me, but it's good for the future because I learned a lot about that.”

Confidence growing

Fellaini went on to pinpoint the exact moment in his Manchester United career when he felt he got his confidence back - when he scored his goal against West Bromwich Albion after coming on as a half time substitute back in October.

"I came back in the squad and the manager said to me 'you have to show'. After that, my confidence grew and I showed my quality," added Fellaini.

"For me, the team have to press well. We have to be available from the goal kick, to be in the box and I must win my physical challenges."

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