Marouane Fellaini has spoken of his relief that Manchester United now have a strict coach who can get the best out of the players, after a dreadful campaign last year under David Moyes.

The coach is very strict, but that’s good. We needed such a coach. Last season we had a bad season. We even missed European qualification. We needed a coach who would put some players’ feet back on the ground. If he says something, you should do it. Otherwise you’ll fly out of it (the team). If he has to take you off the pitch when the game hasn’t been going on for more than 30 minutes he’ll do it. Or during half-time. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened to me yet.

In the summer, there had been suggestions that Fellaini would be leaving the club, with the belief that he wasn’t good enough for United and wasn’t the sort of player Louis van Gaal liked. However, Fellaini has gone on to prove himself as capable this season, and recently put in a great shift away to Liverpool.

He told me: ‘prove yourself and we’ll see’. Now they are counting on me. There were never any real doubts. I was injured at the beginning of the season and then returned. The coach gave me confidence and I proved myself in a few matches. It took a while, but now I can finally enjoy things.