Manchester United have been accused of misusing Marouane Fellaini, by none other than Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen.
The pair are teammates for Belgium, and are both currently competing at the World Cup in Brazil. However whilst one is considered a key member of his club side, the other has received criticism for failing to make an impact since moving to Old Trafford last summer. Far from jumping on the bandwagon though, Vertonghen has claimed that his compatriots differing form for Belgium and United could be down to the fact that the latter don’t know how to use him.
Despite having been bought in as the marquee signing of David Moyes' first transfer window in charge of the Red Devils, Fellaini toiled to little avail with the former Premier League champions last term, and has accumulated widespread scorn as a result. Fresh from scoring a pivotal goal in Belgium's opening World Cup game against Algeria however, the 26-year-old will be looking to defy his doubters when he begins work under Louis van Gaal.
GUSTAVO TO UNITED?
In other news it would appear that Luis Gustavo could be on his way to Manchester, as the Red Devils currently lead Chelsea in the race for his signature. The Brazilian midfielder would go some way to shoring up Louis van Gaal’s midfield, although it could take around €33million to land him.
Van Gaal has been named in connection with moves for a number of top players in the middle of the park, but one would assume that the speculation surrounding Gustavo is far more feasibly possible than that linking them to the likes of Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Wolfsburg man's ambitions could likely give United an advantage and well-respected Sky journalist Gianluca di Marzio believes they have taken pole position ahead of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
KROOS DROPS HINT
Elsewhere the speculation rumbles on concerning Toni Kroos’ position at Bayern Munich, after the United target confirmed that he has still not made any headway with regards to signing a new deal at the Allianz Arena. Naturally this won't put too many Red Devils fans on red alert as the player himself as previously stated that he will be remaining in the Bundesliga until at least 2015.
What it does do though is offer Van Gaal a glimmer of hope with regards to negotiation an unlikely deal for the 24-year-old. Though Chelsea and Real Madrid firmly have their noses in the frame as well, the Dutchman could have the upper hand thanks to his previous ties with Bayern.