Marouane Fellaini backed to shine for Belgium & Manchester United

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Manchester United midfield Marouane Fellaini has a unique mix of technical skill and physical qualities that can help him continue to shine for Belgium at the World Cup and take that form into next season, according to former Red Devils boss David Moyes.

Fellaini came off the bench to have a massive impact in Belgium's World Cup opener against Algeria on Tuesday, heading home an equaliser that helped Les Diables Rouge bounce back to record a 2-1 victory in Belo Horizonte.

Moyes brought Fellaini to the Premier League with Everton in 2008 and then made the versatile star his first signing as Red Devils boss, a decision he feels United will reap the benefits of in the long-term because he's unlike any other player at the club's disposal.

Time to shine

In his column for the Sunday Times the ex-United chief explained: "What we saw him do against Algeria was what I brought him to Manchester United for.

"He's technically gifted, especially when it comes to chest control, and he's formidable in the air. He has brilliant fitness, a brilliant attitude. He's hard to categorize, what they say on the continent is a number eight, a box-to-box midfielder who has great ability and physical presence in both penalty areas.

"He's a different sort of player to the ones already there and one who was having an impact in games and helping produce goals. I feel he still has the potential to go on and be a good United player."

World Cup focus

Man United fans will get another chance to check on Fellaini's progress this afternoon, when Belgium take on Russia in their second World Cup clash knowing victory will ensure safe passage to the last 16 in their first tournament since 2002.

Fellaini is pushing to start at the Maracana Stadium after that impressive 25-minute cameo against Algeria, a different option for manager Marc Wilmots after an opening fixture which proved far more difficult than most observers had predicted.

The 26-year-old is part of star-studded squad full of key Premier League figures, including Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Nacer Chadli and Eden Hazard.

For Belgium its about turning that abundance of talent into results on the pitch, and with Fellaini fit and among the goals in South America there's every chance their return to prominence at international level could extend to the knockout stages.

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