Marouane Fellaini says that he will return from injury before the end of the month.
The Belgian midfielder has been ruled out of contention over the opening of the campaign after picking up an ankle injury over pre-season and he will be hoping to make up for lost time.
"My latest injury has thrown a spanner in the works, but I should be back at the end of the month," Fellaini revealed to the Belgian press today.
Fellaini was linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the summer, but no move materialised and he will now be hoping to impress Louis Van Gaal.
The former Everton man has come under a lot of criticism after his performances last season fell short of the required standard and this year will be make or break for him, it is thought.
Fellaini faces a difficult task of dislodging the current centre-midfield options at the club, but he does offer a different option for Van Gaal if utilised.
Van Gaal brought in the likes of Ander Herrera and Daley Blind over the summer as he bolstered his options in the centre of the pitch and, as a result, Fellaini has rather slipped down the pecking order.
He does, however, give the United boss a presence in midfield if the physical contest is proving too much for his technically adept stars.
Fellaini can be a threat in both boxes due to his bludgeoning style of play and, as a plan-b, he can offer a useful option for the Dutch coach.
United have endured a dismal start to the season and Fellaini will hope that his return will coincide with a better spell of form at the club.
The Red Devils take on West Ham United this weekend and, although that game may come too soon for the 26-year-old, he will be aiming to make a return against his former club Everton on October 5th.