Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been afforded a brief respite from the seemingly continuous criticism he attracts from the stands, by winning the goal of the month award for his effort against West Brom.
The big Belgian has struggled more than most to prove himself in the famous red shirt, and though he arrived to a fanfare of optimism from fans as David Moyes’s first major signing, hasn’t cut a popular figure since leaving Everton.
Under Louis van Gaal however there’s been hints that he is steadily getting back to his best however, with the Dutchman having used him in a number of big fixtures so far this season.
And, whilst his stock continues to rise at Old Trafford, his stunning goal which cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon’s opener for West Brom at The Hawthorns on October 20 was enough to gift him United’s goal of the month award.
Form at Everton
Whilst it’s only a minor victory, and it can be argued that fans are expecting to see Fellaini produce that sort of form on a regular basis, it definitely isn’t going to hinder him any, and could go some way to restoring the sort of confidence which allowed him to become such a hit at Goodison Park.
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Prior to his £27.5 million move last summer the 27-year-old had become a firm fan favourite in the blue half of Merseyside, and was a standout performer for Moyes before he was tasked with replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Having been handed his Premier League break after impressing for Standard Liege in his native country he became a daunting figure in midfield, only to be ostracised for poor showings at United.
On the way up
Now though Fellaini looks revitalised to a degree, and whilst the sceptics still certainly question his suitability to a team with such high aspirations there’s no doubting that he can be a formidable asset when he’s on song.
As such Van Gaal will likely refrain from listening to the voices from the stands which are asking for him to be sold on either in January or next summer, and it may be that the Belgium international can make a good home for himself at Old Trafford yet.
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