Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini poses for a portrait during Belgium's training camp.Reuters

Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly instructed the club's chief executive Ed Woodward to sell midfielder Marouane Fellaini before the start of the season.

Fellaini was the marquee signing of former United manager David Moyes, who landed him from Everton for £27.5 million last summer. The Belgium star endured a difficult time with the Red Devils as he failed to perform well or even score a goal in his 21 appearances.

And according to the Daily Mail, new manager van Gaal believes Fellaini is "not a United type of player" and has decided to end his misery at Old Trafford. But it will be interesting to see whether United can sell the Belgian for a fee close to which they bought him from Everton for.

van Gaal has already signed Ander Herrera and is said to be in pursuit of another central midfielder. Fellaini will not join United for their pre-season tour to the United States, starting 21 July as Belgium are still playing in the World Cup.

The towering midfielder has been impressive for Belgium in the World Cup so far and started for the Marc Wilmots' squad in their last three games. Belgium's quarterfinal against former champions Argentina could be Fellaini's last chance to attract a decent club, when he leaves United.

Meanwhile, the Belgian international has insisted that his club future is currently on hold and he will take a call on it only after the World Cup.

"We will see after the World Cup," Fellaini said, when asked whether he will stay at United.

Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims United are close to signing Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, for which La Liga giants are asking €50 million.

United are also linked with a number of other midfielders, including the Netherlands' Memphis Depay and Colombia's Juan Cuadrado.