Tottenham and Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen has claimed that his international team mate Marouanne Fellaini's torrid time at Manchester United is down to the club playing him out of position.
The statement comes after Fellaini produced a fine display coming off the bench in Belgium's opening World Cup match against Algeria, scoring the equaliser. A goal, which was his first since August for both club or country.
It was at Everton where Fellaini flourished in a more dominant attacking role as he terrorised defences time and time again with his ariel threat, and Vertonghen believes his international team-mate has not succeeded at the Manchester club because they do not know how to use him the way Belgium do.
"With Belgium, [they] know how to use him and I don't know whether they do in his other team, Vertonghen told reporters.
"Marouane always is very important for the Belgian team. I know there has been a lot of pressure on him from the fans in England but in Belgium he always does well and scores goals.
"But Marouane is a very cool guy. The pressure doesn't really bother him too much."
If Fellaini's best position is as an attacking midfielder or even a forward, it would be almost impossible to see him play in front of Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie at club level. This highlights the question, whether Moyes signed the ex-Everton star as a desperate panic buy last summer, simply because he could.
Whether the Belgian has a future under new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal remains to be seen, but it is quite clear that if you are to get the best out of Fellaini, then he must be played in a more attacking role, where he can truly shine.
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