Manchester United were expected to make some big signings in the summer transfer window, which they did. The Red Devils were also expected to offload some players, which they did.
What the Premier League giants did not do, as many fans thought they would, was sell Marouane Fellaini. And if recent reports from Belgium are to be believed, then they did not do so because new manager Louis van Gaal has plans to make him an important part of his team.
It has been reported that the Dutchman spoke to the Belgium international midfielder earlier this month and assured him that he will get his chances this season.
The 26-year-old is currently out of action with injury, but he is expected to return to full fitness in around two to three weeks.
Fellaini was largely claimed to be a ‘£27.5 million flop’, having failed to make any significant impact at Old Trafford since joining United from Everton last summer.
There have been suggestions that the former Standard Liege star was played out of position, but few would defend his performances strongly.
After all, Fellaini was already experienced in the Premier League and knew then-United manager David Moyes from their time together at Everton.
At this moment in time, it does not appear likely that Fellaini will get too many starts for United this season, especially as the Premier League giants have no European football.
The Belgian is likely to start his campaign on the substitutes’ bench, but injuries and poor form of his teammates could see him given the chances that Van Gaal has reportedly assured him of.