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Still a sub, but Fellaini reinvigorated at World Cup after lackluster season with Man United

  • Belgium's head coach Marc Wilmots gestures as he prepares to introduce Belgium's Marouane Fellaini to the match during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Belgium's head coach Marc Wilmots gestures as he prepares to introduce Belgium's Marouane Fellaini to the match during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • El jugador de Bélgica, Marouane Fellaini, festeja un gol contra Argelia en el Mundial el martes, 17 de junio de 2014, en Belo Horizonte, Brasil. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    El jugador de BĂ©lgica, Marouane Fellaini, festeja un gol contra Argelia en el Mundial el martes, 17 de junio de 2014, en Belo Horizonte, Brasil. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgium's Marouane Fellaini, left, and Algeria's Nabil Ghilas battle for the ball during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Belgium's Marouane Fellaini, left, and Algeria's Nabil Ghilas battle for the ball during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

There is a new bounce in the step of Marouane Fellaini at the World Cup after a bad year at Manchester United. And if all things go Belgium's way, the bounce in his curly hairdo might be gone in a month.

Yes, Fellaini is still on the bench when the match starts, but that's where any comparison with his Premier League seasons ends.

Coming on halfway through the second half against Algeria, the hulking Fellaini reinvigorated Belgium and set in motion a 2-1 come-from-behind win with a backward header glancing off his wild, curly black locks.

If Belgium keeps up winning through the July 13 final, those hairs will all be gone. He said "I cut it if we win."

The Red Devils already lead group H.