Louis van Gaal has listed Marouane Fellaini as one the players in his squad with a lot of quality, which may come as a shock to many.
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has surprisingly named Marouane Fellaini as one of the ‘quality’ players in his squad for the upcoming season.
Reports today have surfaced suggesting that the rangy midfielder could be offloaded on the cheap to Napoli, but van Gaal’s comments suggest that he may have a future at Old Trafford still.
The Belgian international endured a torrid time in his first season playing for United, but van Gaal has clearly seen beyond that and still considers him to have enough talent about him to represent the Red Devils.
"When you look at the squad, there is quality,” he said. “There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera.”
It is not a shock that van Gaal has listed the likes of Rooney and van Persie as two players who can be pivotal in the upcoming campaign, but to see Fellaini’s name in the list is striking.
The former Everton man, brought in by David Moyes for £27.5 million, has widely been written off by the Old Trafford faithful, but he has clearly impressed the new manager in his initial stages in charge.
Fellaini had a good World Cup for Belgium over the summer and it is hoped that he can carry that form into the domestic season.
He has already promised to be better with a rigorous pre-season under his belt and the initial signs are that he may be able to prove his worth.
Part of the reason he has faltered, it must be said, is not down entirely down to him. Moyes seemed to utilise Fellaini as a defensive midfielder during his time in charge, when his best form has been shown in a more attacking role.
Whether he gets to play in his favoured position under the new Dutch manager is another question, with Juan Mata seemingly having the position behind the strikers on lock-down. But he will surely be encouraged by van Gaal’s words and it will be a refreshing change for Fellaini to have some positive promotion after being vilified for much of his time since joining Old Trafford.