Date: 1st October 2017 at 10:17am
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Back in the summer it appeared that Marouane Fellaini might be on the verge of leaving Manchester United.

Newspaper speculation, as covered by Vital Manchester United, had linked the Belgian with a move to the Turkish club, Galatasaray.

At the time Jose Mourinho inferred that there was more chance of him leaving than Fellaini.

It`s probably fair to say that Fellaini`s Manchester United career has been a bit topsy-turvy, but this season he appears to be relishing playing under Jose Mourinho.

Following the Belgian`s two-goal brace against Crystal Palace and after giving man-of-the-match performance, Jose Mourinho had a few words of praise for his player, remarking to BBC Sport:

‘I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team,

‘Sometimes we like players others don’t like. Some players perform better with some of us managers than with others and I have examples of players that didn’t perform well for me and then performed well for other managers.

‘I think Marouane has important qualities and I try to use them depending on the situation and what they team needs. He plays with me as a defensive midfielder, as a second striker, as one of two midfielders. He is a team player. A great character. We have a good relationship and things are going really well between us.

‘I think only a strong character could resist the difficulties here because he had some difficult times when people didn’t recognise his qualities, when other managers didn’t like so much the qualities he has. He had to be a strong character. He is a fighter, a guy with lots of pride and I am really pleased I helped him reach this level and change the perception the fans have now. I am really happy for him.’

It’s fair to say that Fellaini has battled his way through a crisis and is now a very valued member of the squad.

Long may it continue.