Happy to be back 😊 pic.twitter.com/Q7fjMMHHCO
— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) July 28, 2016
Marouane Fellaini was signed by Manchester United in 2013 on deadline day of the summer transfer window. A £27.5m fee was paid to reunite him with his former boss David Moyes.
Fellaini endured a tough start to his Manchester United career and never really caught up.
The sacking of David Moyes and the appointment of Louis Van Gaal brought hopes to the supporters, as they thought Fellaini might flourish under under a new manager.
Under Van Gaal, he enjoyed limited success, and with the departure of the Dutchman, uncertainty loomed over the Belgian’s future.
Surprisingly, he has found himself to be an important part of José Mourinho’s squad. He started in both the matches Manchester United have played in the Premier League this season.
And according to Mourinho, a simple phone call reinstated the midfielder’s confidence.
In a recent interview, the Special One revealed what helped Fellaini.
He said: “Maybe a simple phone call can make a difference.
“[He was] a player that was feeling not loved. A player that when the season and the market opened, everybody was saying he was leaving and was not a player for me.
“But maybe a simple phone call the day after my presentation as Manchester United manager changed a lot because I told him ‘forget everything you read, for me you don’t leave, for sure’.
“Maybe that confidence in him was unexpected. The more organised the team is, the easier it is for players to feel confident. He has played well with Michael Carrick, he has played well with Ander Herrera, he has played well with Paul [Pogba].
“I have so many good players. In the dressing room I was happy and then I became sad when I saw the other guys [who didn’t play] in their nice Paul Smith suits but not a tracksuit, not playing or not being on the bench.”
The big Belgian was important for Manchester United as they began their season with a bang, with wins at Bournemouth away and against Southampton at home.