Ladyman believes it is unlikely Fellaini will get the chance to prove the new United boss wrong as Van Gaal has already instructed Ed Woodward to sell the former Everton man before the start of the season.
David Moyes signed Fellaini on transfer deadline day last summer for £27m but his debut season at Old Trafford, much like Moyes’, was dreadful. He made just 16 league appearances and failed to score for the first time in a season since moving to England in 2008.
Despite scoring Belgium’s first goal of their 2014 World Cup campaign and starting the three subsequent matches, Fellaini has struggled to find the form that earned him a spot in The Guardian’s ‘World’s Best Footballers: the Top 100 list’ in 2012.
The midfielder’s difficult first season at Old Trafford instead earned him top spot in The Telegraph’s ’10 worst Premier League transfers list’ for 2013/14.
The transfer fee as well as the profile of the club looked to weigh heavily on Fellaini’s shoulders throughout last season. He often looked overwhelmed and played nowhere near his best, which he regularly appeared to save for when he faced United in an Everton shirt; he scored three times against United for Everton, including the winner in the first game of 2012/13 at Goodison Park.
With Belgium through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, Fellaini is unlikely to join his United teammates and new manager on pre-season tour to America if Ladyman’s reports are proved correct.