Marouane Fellaini scores two goals and provides assist against France

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Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini was in unstoppable form on Sunday evening, scoring two goals and providing an assist, as Belgium recorded an impressive 4-3 win against Euro 2016 hosts France.

Fellaini broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with a close-range finish after the ball fell kindly to him inside the box, before doubling his side's lead three minutes before half-time with a thumping header from a cross. (Scroll down to watch the video).

The versatile midfielder then set up Manchester United target Radja Nainggolan, as Belgium went 3-0 up just after half-time, to cap off a fine individual performance.

Mathieu Valbuena pulled a goal back for France from the spot minutes later, but Eden Hazard restored the Red Devils' three-goal lead with his own spot-kick soon after.

Nabil Fekir and Dimitri Payet scored two consolation goals at the death to make the scoreline slightly more respectable for Les Blues, but it was the magnificent Fellaini who stole the headlines with his memorable display at Stade de France.

United fans express their shock

Manchester United fans, the majority of whom were highly critical of Fellaini during his debut season at Old Trafford, expressed their delight - and surprise - on social media.

"Fellaini is up there with Messi with the way he has been playing the past few months don't even @ me," wrote one giddy United fan.

While another joked: "If Fellaini plays as the striker next season I'm confident he can break Messi's 96 goal a season record."

Fellaini revitalised - but will it last?

It was hard to imagine, this time last year, that Fellaini would go on to play such an important role for Manchester United over the course of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Belgian, who was signed by David Moyes for £27.5 million in the summer of 2013, was expected to be one of the first players shown the exit door at Old Trafford following the arrival of Louis van Gaal.

But under Van Gaal's tutelage, Fellaini went from strength to strength in the second half of the campaign and finished the season with six goals from 27 appearances.

Fellaini flourished playing just off Wayne Rooney and scored crucial goals against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Crystal Palace during the final weeks of the season.

Without his goals, it's possible Manchester United may not have secured that all-important top-four finish.

However, Fellaini's season ended on something of a sour note after he was sent off for a reckless challenge against Hull City.

He will subsequently miss United's first three league matches of next season - and that could prove costly to his hopes of retaining his starting spot at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fans: is Marouane Fellaini good enough to hold down a first-team place at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments section below - and be honest!

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