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Fellaini's United role questioned

Manchester United have misused Belgium's Marouane Fellaini, according to his international teammate Jan Vertonghen.

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Fellaini endured a difficult first season at United, having joined the club for 27 million pounds from Everton last summer, struggling for form under former Old Trafford boss David Moyes.

However on Tuesday at the World Cup, the midfielder came off the bench to head in Belgium's equaliser in their 2-1 victory against Algeria -- and Tottenham defender Vertonghen was delighted to see him impress for his nation.

"With Belgium, [they] know how to use him and I don't know whether they do in his other team," Vertonghen is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

"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.

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"I'm very pleased for him and I gave him a little hug after the game because I know that goal meant a lot to him. Marouane is a very cool guy. The pressure doesn't really bother him too much."

Belgium and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, believes United fans should show patience with Fellaini, as the 26-year-old has impressed at international level.

"Fellaini is a terrific player and with any player in his first season at a new club, it can be tough," Kompany said.

"You have to grant players a couple of seasons before you can judge someone. For us, with Belgium, he has been doing it time and time again."


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