Over the last two years, Fellaini has played everywhere from a deep lying defensive midfielder to the target man up front to varying degrees of success.
His best Man United performances have come in a more attacking position and that’s a role which van Gaal has confirmed he will play in this season.
Speaking alongside van Gaal before the Club Brugge game, Fellaini said: “In the past, I have played no.9 and no.10. I have to help the team – I can play there. It’s not important where I play. The most important thing is to win the game, of course. I enjoy all the different positions I can play in.
“Everyone knows my first season was difficult but now it’s in the past and I’m looking forward,” he said. “Last season, I did quite well and I want to continue. I know my team-mates, the manager and his philosophy. I’m looking to do well and score goals.”
Fellaini’s impressive cameo against Club Brugge in the first leg shows how effective he can be when used correctly and at the right time. He’s a genuine asset to the squad but only when used in right situations because all too often last season United resorted to playing long balls up to Fellaini too early and he became predictable.
He endured a very patchy debut season with United but showed his worth last year and, at one stage, was arguably United’s best performer in what was a complete turnaround of fortunes.
He’s likely to start against Brugge given that he’ll offer United a powerful option up front which could prove useful in a European away tie but across the course of the season, it will be interesting to see how much game time he gets when everybody is fit and available.