Marouane Fellaini admits he thought he might leave Manchester United last summer

An unexpected star of Manchester United's campaign has been speaking candidly.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has opened up in an extensive interview with the Daily Mail.

The Belgian international has enjoyed a renaissance in his second season at Old Trafford, proving to be a vital player for manager Louis van Gaal and putting his poor debut campaign behind him.

The 27-year-old has already scored six goals for United this season and has caused many opponents plenty of problems as his side have surged up the table.

A Champions League place is now tantalisingly close but Fellaini has admitted that for a while he thought his time at the club was coming to an end.

After a poor first season following his move from Everton, many doubted whether Fellaini had what it took to succeed at United, and when asked if he thought he could leave so soon after arriving, he was honest in his answer.

“Yes,” Fellaini said, “but I have a contract. I talked with the new manager and he showed me I have to show him, prove to him.”

Well the United midfielder has certainly done that, to such an extent that Fellaini is now one of the first names on the team-sheet.

Whether that remains the case next season and beyond remains to be seen, with new midfielders likely to arrive in the summer if United want to push on further under van Gaal. But the prospect of the £27.5m leaving is now consigned to the past.

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