Alan Stubbs: Why Marouane Fellaini is key Man United player

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs heaps praise on Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini has become an important cog in Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side, according to Alan Stubbs.

The Belgium international has been ever-present in the starting line-up over the past couple of months after coming back into favour under the 63-year-old Dutchman.

Fellaini has scored two goals in his last five Premier League games, helping the 20-time English champions to seal victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Although Stubbs admits Fellaini made a slow start to his United career under David Moyes, the former Everton defender reckons the midfielder is now a key player.

Stubbs told talKSPORT: “When Fellaini went to Manchester United everybody knew what an influential player he was and he’s still only 27. It probably took him quite a bit to realise how big the club is and to settle in.

“Everyone now is talking about Fellaini being such an important player under Louis van Gaal and what a good player he is. It’s amazing he wasn’t that good under David Moyes but now he’s good under Louis van Gaal.

“He’s quite a quiet guy. He’s a brilliant professional and he’s always in doing extra work after games, he’s very good that way. He’s a nightmare to play against because he’s so big. He’s got a great touch, his close control is very good and he’s got an eye for a goal.

“Fellaini can be as good as he wants to be. He’s only going to get better”

Fellaini has scored a respectable five goals in 22 Premier League appearances under Van Gaal this season, racking up 1,497 minutes of top-flight action.

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The 27-year-old has netted six times in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils following his £27.5m move to United from Everton in 2013.

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