Marouane Fellaini admits he used the international break to work towards full fitness, ahead of Manchester United's festive schedule.
The midfielder opted not to be involved in Belgium's UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Switzerland, in order to work at the Aon Training Complex ahead of our Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“Yeah, I took it off myself,
“ Fellaini told MUTV's Stewart Gardner in an exclusive interview this week. "I worked and did some good recoveries so I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m working hard to get fit.
After three away games, United will now play three of the next four matches across all competitions at Old Trafford - Saturday's clash with Palace, as well as encounters with London clubs Arsenal and Fulham in the early part of December.
Marouane, who celebrates his 31st birthday today, believes it is important to put a winning run together as this stage of the campaign.
“I think it’s good to win games now,” Felli told us.
“I think we have a lot of games at Old Trafford coming up so it’s good to take points there and see after that. We’ll take it game by game to get the points we need.”
'GOOD MEMORIES OF FACING PALACE'
Fellaini has scored three goals in eight previous appearances against the Eagles, and made his United debut against the South London outfit five years ago.
Our no.27 reflected on the good memories he has of facing Palace during his time at Old Trafford, where he scored twice in a 4-0 win over Roy Hodgson's side in last season's corresponding fixture.
“Good memories,” he said, when recalling that victory in September 2017.
“We controlled the game and did well. We created lots of chances and won 4-0. The confidence was high. Okay, now it’s going to be completely different as every game is difficult and games are harder. I hope we win 4-0 but it will be tough.”
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In addition, Marouane also made his United debut in this fixture back in September 2013, replacing Anderson in the 62nd minute as the Reds ran out 2-0 winners.
“Yeah, we won 2-0,” Fellaini explained.
“I played 30 minutes and it was a good memory. It’s five years ago. It goes fast.”
Felli was also involved in United’s FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace back in 2016, where he played the full 120 minutes at Wembley Stadium.