Marouane Fellaini wants to be remembered at Manchester United and according to him, there's only one way to do it - by winning a trophy.

The afro-clad Belgian signed for the club on deadline day of the 2013 summer transfer window, and his time in Manchester has coincided with a difficult season at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson had been appointed Manchester United manager before Fellaini was even born, and the first year under a new manager was always likely to be a transitional one, unfortunately for Fellaini it was also a season blighted by injury.

The midfielder has backed himself to come back stronger next season though, and to prove himself he'll need to prove hit fitness.

Fellaini told The Telegraph: "When this season finishes I will start with my preparation for the next year and it will be good.

"I need to be fit to be good. Even when I am injured I can play but the fitness is not the same."

While his first campaign as a Manchester United player will end trophyless, Fellaini believes he needs to lift silverware in a red shirt and as a child it was a former United midfielder who helped him realise that.

Fellaini added: "For people to not forget me we have to win a trophy. I knew about Man United as a kid because I watched them on TV and I read football magazines.

"I remember watching the game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 1999 so I knew all about the club.

"Roy Keane was an inspiring figure. Manchester United had a lot of great players and
that is why they have won so many trophies."

There were definite signs of promise for Fellaini in midweek, he looked like his old self as his bustling run and shot created James Wilson's second goal in the 2-1 victory over Hull on Tuesday evening.

The powerful midfielder is also likely to benefit from enjoying a full pre-season with his teammates, having previously tormented them as an Everton player.

Fellaini said: "It was difficult because for two months I did the preparation with Everton and I didn’t know if I would go or not.

"I feel I know the players now. I know the club. It has been a good experience to be training with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.”

Before he can set his sites on next season, Fellaini is likely to have a huge role to play in Belgium's World Cup hopes this summer.

The 26-year-old midfielder will likely win his 50th cap for Marc Wilmots side in Brazil, and if they're to prove why they've been touted as dark horses for the tournament, Fellaini will have to be at his best.


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