Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will hand Marouane Fellaini a starting spot when he finally recovers from injury, according to The Mirror.
The 26-year-old was David Moyes' first major signing but with Scot long gone and Van Gaal in charge there were suggestions that his time in the north west would be cut short.
The Belgian completed a big-money move from Everton in 2013 but had a disastrous first campaign at Manchester United in which he failed to find the back of the net and missed a large portion of the season through injury.
It was suggested that new Van Gaal would cut his losses and sell the midfielder over the summer, with Napoli said to be interested in securing his signature.
However The Mirror say that once he has overcome a leg injury which has sidelined him this season, Van Gaal will give him a chance to show what he can do by handing him an extended run in the first team.
He is unlikely to be playing in his preferred position further up the pitch because of the host of attacking arrivals over the summer. Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and Juan Mata will all be fighting for a spot in attack at Old Trafford, which could see Fellaini forced back into a more conventional midfield role in order to give Manchester United a degree of balance.
During his time with Everton he appeared to be more effective in the number 10 role, but competition for that spot is fierce and he will have to make do with playing elsewhere if he wants to stay put.
Indeed he may find himself fighting new arrival Daley Blind for the defensive midfield spot. There is some debate over which system Van Gaal will deploy following his £150 million summer spending spree; it's been suggested that he could change to a 4-3-3 and abandon the 3-5-2 he has used so far.
So far Van Gaal is yet to oversee a single competitive victory during his time at Manchester United - a record he'll hope to change when he leads his side out against QPR this weekend.
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