Jose Mourinho revealed that Fellaini is close to agreeing new terms after the Belgium midfielder came off the bench to head an injury-time winner against Arsenal on Sunday.
The 30-year-old had looked set to leave United when his current £80,000-a-week deal runs out next month, with a number of clubs in Turkey, Italy and the Premier League interested in signing him as a free agent.
Marouane Fellaini will hold further talks with Manchester United over a new two-year contract
However, it’s understood that Fellaini’s preference is to stay at Old Trafford if he can reach agreement with United over an extension to the five-year contract he signed after moving from Everton for £27.5million in 2013.
The sticking point is believed to be the length of the deal. United are reluctant to offer a player in his 30s more than one year plus the option of an additional 12 months. Fellaini wants a guaranteed two-year contract at the very least and, ideally, three.
Both sides are optimistic that a compromise can be reached after Fellaini underlined his importance to Mourinho with the goal that secured a place in next season’s Champions League.
Fellaini headed United’s winner against Arsenal on Sunday after coming on as a substitute
Meanwhile, United are hopeful that Fellaini’s Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 19.
Lukaku limped out of the Arsenal game with an ankle injury and had scans on Monday, but the early indications are that the injury is not too serious.
United have set their sights on winning another trophy under Mourinho as well as securing runners-up spot in the Premier League behind champions Manchester City, and Ashley Young believes it is vital to achieve that aim as a statement of intent for next season.
‘We want to keep up the momentum to the end of the season and the FA Cup final,’ said Young.
United are hopeful that Romelu Lukaku will return from injury in time for the FA Cup final
‘We have to put down a marker for next season with the way we perform from now on.
‘It’s nice to be able to rubber-stamp Champions League qualification, but when you have been second for so much of the season you want to finish it.’ Young showed that he still has much to offer United when he provided the assist for Fellaini’s goal against Arsenal.
‘I’m nearly 33 now and getting on a bit but I still have the hunger and desire to win the same as I had when I was 21,’ he added.
‘I know my legs can still take me through games and I have showed that with the number I’ve played this season.’