Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that Marouane Fellaini is now undroppable following a recent run of stellar personal form in the starting XI.
The giant Belgian became something of a joke figure last season following a slow start to life at Old Trafford and has suffered injury problems since joining from Everton.
However, Fellaini played a key role in victories over Tottenham and Liverpool recently which sees the Red Devils in the hunt for a top-four finish this season.
With this in mind, Van Gaal was full of praise for the Belgium international at yesterday’s press conference.
“When he plays as he does now I cannot change him,” The Guardian quote Van Gaal as saying.
“The first time I met him he was late [returning for pre-season] because of the World Cup. I didn’t know him. I knew him as a coach, that he played for Man United and Everton and national team, but the first time I saw him was in Manchester.
“I have heard a lot of stories about him but from the first training session he did what I asked. He was open and he wants to perform so I am not surprised.
“He had an unlucky season because he was injured and ill [this year], but when fit he has always played for me because I was looking for a balance and he can give a lot of balance.”
Fellaini has been playing in an advanced midfield role behind Wayne Rooney and excelling for the side; ironic given that he was brought to the Manchester club by David Moyes.
He scored the opening goal in a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham and bullied Liverpool last weekend at Anfield.