Three areas which may convince van Gaal to give Fellaini a chance at United

Marouane Fellaini Belgium

Marouane Fellaini's Manchester United future is the subject of fresh speculation but his performances have impressed at the World Cup.

According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old will be told to leave Old Trafford this summer, at the request of incoming manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal seems unimpressed by what he's seen from the midfielder in Brazil where he's had the opportunity to prove he can be important for United next season.

In some respects, Fellaini's form for his country is far from the abject showings Man United fans were treated to throughout his debut campaign at Old Trafford.

  TeamPosAerial Duels WonAppsMins
Daniel van Buyten Belgium DF 19 4 390
Georgios Samaras Greece FW 18 4 390
Marouane Fellaini Belgium MF 17 4 325
Jermaine Jones USA MF 17 4 390
Luiz Gustavo Brazil MF 16 4 390

For starters, Opta stats show that Fellaini has won the third-highest amount of aerial duels in Brazil, demonstrating his considerable threat in the air.

His aerial ability was also crucial when he scored his side's first goal of the tournament during the 2-1 comeback win against Algeria.

Belgium team-mate Daniel van Buyten tops the list, with Greece's Georgios Samaras in second. Fellaini, however, is just two behind Van Buyten and may well overtake him by the end of the tournament.

  TeamPosDribble Success Rate (%)Dribbles WonAppsMins
Marouane Fellaini Belgium MF 100.00 5 4 325
Axel Witsel Belgium MF 100.00 1 3 300
Daniel van Buyten Belgium DF 100.00 1 4 390
Mousa Dembélé Belgium MF 80.00 4 2 155
Nacer Chadli Belgium MF 75.00 3 3 84
Eden Hazard Belgium MF 75.00 18 4 293

On the ball, meanwhile, the 26-year-old has completed all five of the dribbles he has attempted, making him the most accurate Belgian when it comes to taking on his man.

Chelea's Eden Hazard trumps him in terms of amount won, of course, but the Man United midfielder's flair in Brazil has been both impressive and surprising in equal measure.

  TeamPosTackles WonInterceptions WonPass Accuracy (%)Successful Final-Third PassesAppsMins
Eden Hazard Belgium MF 3 0 83.80 61 4 293
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium MF 8 6 83.22 52 3 300
Marouane Fellaini Belgium MF 5 4 77.69 43 4 325
Toby Alderweireld Belgium DF 6 4 79.70 33 3 300
Axel Witsel Belgium MF 4 5 92.02 30 3 300

And Fellaini's contribution doesn't stop there, with the former Everton man also proving adept in a defensive capacity, as well as completing the third-highest amount of final-third passes in the Belgium squad. His overall passing accuracy (77.69%) is the only real area that lets him down.

So while the Fellaini we've become used to at Manchester United flounders in big games, the Fellaini of the World Cup has been a key presence in Marc Wilmots' Belgium side. And with the Belgians into the final eight, there is nothing to suggest the 6ft 4 midfielder won't be leaving Brazil with a medal of some kind.

That's not to say these performances mean Van Gaal should consider keeping Fellaini at Old Trafford, but it's interesting to see what Fellaini can produce under different circumstances, a side to the Belgian that Man United fans are yet to really discover.

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