Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini vows to make a strong comeback as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Fellaini's massive £27million move from Everton on deadline day last summer raised many eyebrows from United fans and the big Belgian has so far endured a torrid time in Manchester, which has nothing to do with the city's gloomy weather.
The 26-year-old is currently recovering from an ankle injury he suffered at the start of the season. The former Everton man has revealed that manager Louis Van Gaal has assured him that he will get ample opportunities to prove his worth to the Old Trafford faithful.
Speaking to Sport Wereld, the Belgian international said: "I talked to Van Gaal, and he has never said that I had to leave. He said I had a lot of competition, but that I got the chance to prove it [that I deserve to play].
"I have known difficult moments last season, but there is a stronger player afterwards. I have confidence in myself and in my game again.
"I played a good World Cup and also during the preparation, I was good. It is unfortunate that this injury is for now just a spanner in the works, but at the end of the month I will be back."
Only way is up...
The Belgian insists that he is a better player now and wants to put the nightmares of last season behind. Fellaini was David Moyes' second signing for the club after Guillermo Varela, a 21 year old Uruguayan full-back.
Manchester United fans were perceptibly despondent and blatantly vocal in their criticism of the whole transfer. After months of speculation and rumours linking various world-class players with a move to United, they had to settle for a player who evidently is not rated as high as the players they wanted.
The fans have also not forgotten the Ander Herrera fiasco of last season which proved to be an ignominious debacle. Fellaini carries the air of last season's humiliation around him. He has to do a lot more than 'come back strong' to win the hearts of the Stretford Enders.
Manchester United are lying 12th on the league table after an embarrassing 5-3 loss away to Leicester City. The Red Devil's are in dire need of muscle in the middle of the park and the opportunity couldn't come at a more convenient time for the Belgian international to prove his worth.