Fellaini will be offered another opportunity to impress by the manager.
Just 12 months after his £27.5m transfer from Everton, Marouane Fellaini was being linked with a move away from Manchester United after a poor first season at the club.
Not many fans at Old Trafford would have been sad to see the Belgium international leave either, but according to the Daily Star manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to give the midfielder another chance to impress.
After targeting the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas last summer van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes eventually made a deadline day panic purchase of former player Fellaini in 2013.
As things got increasingly worse for Moyes during his ill-fated 11-month spell with the Red Devils the 26-year-old came to serve as something of an on-field metaphor for his boss’ struggles.
Since van Gaal succeeded the Scot in the dugout Fellaini has not appeared to have been considered a key part of the 63-year-old’s plans for United, but that is all set to change.
Currently the Belgian is sidelined with an ankle injury and will not be in contention for first team action for another three weeks, but before then the manager plans to seek out the former Toffees man.
Van Gaal will assure Fellaini that is still a key part of his squad and that once fully fit the midfielder will have an important role to play as the Dutchman tries to turn around the fortunes of the club.