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Marouane Fellaini feeling good at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini admits that his debut campaign at Old Trafford was one to forget, but insists he has no plans to quit the club he joined in a £27 million deal last summer and will continue to fight for his place in the first-team.

The Daily Star reports how the Belgium international has been heavily linked with a cut-price move away from the Premier League giants this summer, with the 26-year-old tipped to follow former manager David Moyes out of the exit door.

However, Louis van Gaal's recent appointment as the Red Devils' successor has offered Fellaini a renewed sense of optimism, and he plans to make a significant improvement in his form ahead of next season.

Fellaini's form

"Everybody knows my club season was one to forget," Fellaini was quoted by Sky Sports in an interview with Soccer News in his homeland. "I'm the same Marouane.

"United signed me one year ago. There have been some positives and some negatives, like the bad injury I picked up. Also, our team didn't quite click into place.

"But now we have a new manager, we'll see what happens next season. In the meantime, I am concentrating on my national team."

World Cup comeback

Fellaini announced himself on the World Cup scene when he came off the bench to net Belgium's equalising goal in a 2-1 victory over Algeria on Tuesday, inspiring Marc Wilmots's side to victory in their opening Group H game.

However, despite his impressive cameo the former Everton talisman - who earns around £90,000-a-week at Manchester United - says he's not using the tournament in Brazil as a shop window to earn a transfer away from Old Trafford, and hopes that Van Gaal will give him another opportunity to prove his worth to the team when he returns for pre-season ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

"I don't play here for a transfer," he added. "We'll see with the new coach, but I still feel good at United."

Priorities for new manager

Van Gaal is expected to take two weeks to cast his eye over his inherited Manchester United squad when he arrives in England after the completion of his World Cup duties as Holland head coach this summer.

Should Fellaini be deemed surplus to requirements then the Red Devils shouldn't expect to receive more than £15 million for his services, despite the fact they paid nearly twice as much for the player's signature less than 12 months ago.

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Equally high on Van Gaal's list of priorities will be assessing his defensive options after the high-profile departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left Manchester United short on centre-back cover.

The Dutchman is expected to head back into the transfer market to strengthen that area of his squad, and has been credited with an interest in Fellaini's international team-mate Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal.

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