Van Gaal praises Fellaini's form ahead of Liverpool.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed how former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has secured a regular position in his starting line-up.

Marouane has been impressive for the Reds and has started five of the last six fixtures. He also scored the opening goal against Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, summing up his tally to five goals this season.

However, Van Gaal explained how important the big Belgian is to his side as the 27-year-old possesses different attributes both in attack and defence.

"He has qualities that now, at this moment, he can contribute a lot," the Old Trafford boss said, as reported.

"That is why he is playing. He also allows me to give balance to the team and that is important for a manager who is looking for balance. I think he has to play higher and higher up and Michael Carrick has to play deeper.

"I have said a lot of times at press conferences, for example he is a player that gives a solution for beating the pressing of the opponents. That's also a contribution, he has more contributions but that is one of his contributions."

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