Why Fellaini's performance for Belgium will give Van Gaal food for thought

His equaliser against Algeria turned the game in the Belgians' favour

Manchester United fans must have been a little shocked when they saw Marouane Fellaini's performance for Belgium against Algeria in the World Cup on Tuesday evening.

With Belgium 1-0 down in their opener against the North African side, Fellaini along with fellow substitute Dries Mertens helped turned the game in their favour as many people's dark horses got off to a winning start.

Fellaini failed to find the net during his first season at Old Trafford, with some wondering where the Belgian's best position was - some would have said away from the team altogether after the a series of underwhelming performances. 

His header against Algeria brought them on level terms. He gave them a presence that strangely wasn't coming from Romelu Lukaku as he operated mostly in the final third

  TeamPosDuel WonTotal Scoring AttGoalsOverrunAppsMins
Marouane Fellaini Belgium MF 5 2 1 0 1 25

At United he seemed to play more in the middle rather than in advanced position but that seems to one part of the field that is incredibly congested for Manchester United, given the amount of players that they have who can play 'the number 10 role' competition in that role is pretty fierce. 

But Fellaini's physique, and ability in the air could provide another option to United like it did for his country, but it is hard to see him getting ahead of both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata in the pecking order - then again Louis van Gaal is the manager and he has at times left big players out for the 'unfashionable option'.

The statistics above show the performance he put in against Algeria. He was strong and a threat, two things that he didn't demonstrate during his first season at Old Trafford. Though the new United boss may not be watching him too closely at the moment, Fellaini's performance will have given him food for thought, as to whether he can accommodate the Belgian in the United side, or perhaps consider shipping him out if he can't fit Fellaini in. It could be an interesting summer for Fellaini once his World Cup has concluded.

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