Belgium’s head coach Marc Wilmots believes that Marouane Fellaini was let down at Manchester United this season in a positional sense and has called on him to ‘take revenge’ at the World Cup.
To say that Fellaini’s season was underwhelming is the understatement of the century, even before you consider he cost £27 million.
Despite that, Wilmots has given him his full backing to go on and impress at the World Cup.
“I have no doubts about Marouane,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
“I don’t understand why Manchester United bought him to play him in a system of two No 6s. Marouane is a box-to-box player. The World Cup is a good chance for him to take revenge.”
Wilmots fails to mention that the only person who Fellaini was let down by at Old Trafford this year was himself.
As a fan, it grew increasingly frustrating to watch Fellaini trodding around the pitch like a disinterested puppy. For someone who Wilmots hails as a ‘box to box’ midfielder, Fellaini had a strikingly low amount of energy.
Plus, Wilmots’ comments very hollow given that only a few days ago, he named five players who he felt were integral to Belgium’s World Cup hopes and didn’t include Fellaini in his list.
It seems Wilmots is merely trying to do what United did all season in trying to get Fellaini to play to his potential. Good luck, Marc.
Of course, it is in United’s interest that Fellaini has an impressive World Cup but given what we have all seen this season, there’s probably more chance of Fergie being named our new manager than Fellaini playing well in Brazil.