Manchester United have been boosted by the news that Marouane Fellaini has returned to training. The Belgium international confirmed that he was back in Manchester and ready to train via an Instagram post published hours after the Red Devils' 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Fellaini posted an image of himself chilling in a waiting lounge, alongside the caption: "Back to Manchester tonight #ready #training #tomorrow".
Fellaini has struggled at Old Trafford
The 26-year-old midfielder, who joined the Red Devils in a £27.5 million deal from Everton last year, has struggled to produce his best form since arriving at Old Trafford.
He was expected to leave the club following the arrival of Louis van Gaal - who replaced David Moyes, the man who brought Fellaini to United, earlier this summer - but the veteran Dutch coach has reportedly told the central midfielder that he has a big role to play this season.
Fellaini to play key role for United?
The Daily Star claim that Van Gaal and Fellaini had a sit-down chat earlier this month to discuss the player's role in United's new system - and reached an agreement that the midfielder would play an integral part in United's new-look team.
The United boss will be even more prepared to shake things up following Sunday's dismal defeat to the newly-promoted Foxes.
Van Gaal's men threw away a 3-1 lead, conceding four goals in 20 devastating second-half minutes to leave the Red Devils 12th in the Premier League table.
Fellaini could replace Blind
Fellaini could replace summer signing Daley Blind as United's holding midfielder - the latter is capable of playing in various positions, including left-back - but it's extremely unlikely that he will displace either Ander Herrera or Angel di Maria.
Fellaini made 21 appearances in all competitions for the 20-time English champions last season, but is still looking to score his first competitive goal for his current employers.
Moyes brought him to Old Trafford knowing this was a player more than capable of scoring his fair share of goals - in his final full season with Everton, he netted 12 goals in 36 matches - but Fellaini has, so far, failed to convince as a Manchester United player.
The Belgian, who missed several months of last season with a wrist injury, will be hoping for a fresh start under Van Gaal - and another chance to prove that he was worth the huge sum of cash United paid 12 months ago.