Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned midfielder Marouane Fellaini to keep his emotions in check when he returns to Everton with the Red Devils on 26 April.
The Belgian international moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013 following the appointment of former Everton manager David Moyes as the United boss. But the midfielder struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford and had a season to forget under the Scot, who was eventually sacked eight months into his job.
However, Fellaini has rediscovered his form under Van Gaal and is currently one of the most important players for the manager in their quest to finish in second place.
But the manager has asked the player to maintain composure on his return and is hoping that the Everton faithful can give the same reception to their former player like the Chelsea fans' reception for Mata on his return to Stamford Bridge last week.
"I have spoken with Fellaini because I know this," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Guardian.
"Fellaini is always dry in his answers. He said: 'It's a game.' 'Yes, but it's a special game for you.' I hope the fans shall receive him like the Chelsea fans received Juan Mata because I like that very much. I hope it's like that," the Red Devils manager explained.
Van Gaal believes that Fellaini has found his best form in a United shirt because the club are allowing him to play with freedom and express his qualities on the pitch.
"So also I think Marouane Fellaini has qualities and we want to let dominate the qualities of Fellaini in the team and that's what we are trying to do and I believe that we are doing that. And that's why his performances are better just now," Van Gaal concluded.