Fellaini arrived for £27.5m last season and was David Moyes’ only first team signing but it didn’t work out at all in his first season thanks a combination of poor performances and injuries.
Letting Fellaini go for £15m would represent a serious depreciation in value over the past 12 months but even if Fellaini had a good World Cup, £15m would be a fair price for him and it would be a bold move from United as selling a midfielder would indicate we had something lined up.
Traditionally, Louis van Gaal is a manager who loves mobile midfield players who are able to play neat possession football in a high energy 4-3-3 formation.
From what we saw of Fellaini at Old Trafford last year, his energy levels were dismal, his goal threat was very limited and his possession football was sketchy – everything Van Gaal wouldn’t look for in a player.
What this United side needs to have is players who suit Van Gaal’s style of play and there are certainly a few in the current squad who don’t.
Fellaini may well get another year to stake his claim at United but unless he drastically improves on his performances, it is a case of when and not if he is shipped out of United.