Marc Wilmots: Marouane Fellaini is a box-to-box midfielder

by Sam Peoples

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots believes that Marouane Fellaini is not being used in his best position at Manchester United.

Fellaini has been deployed in defensive midfield and as an emergency striker by Louis van Gaal this term.

However, Wilmots insisted that Fellaini is at his best when in a box-to-box midfield role, adding that he cannot play in holding midfield if he is expected to share the role with a partner.

“I know him by heart. In my eyes, he is a box-to-box [midfielder]. He could also play as No. 6 by himself, but not with a partner,” Wilmots said.

“He has the ability to play on the offensive too, as Everton used him. He is the best goal scorer I have. He is a very good player with a unique profile, but he is a player who must be used taking his qualities into account.”

Fellaini has attracted criticism for his performances this season and rightly so, but Wilmots has a point. After all, Fellaini regularly gets on the scoresheet for Belgium.

The 28-year-old made his name in the Premier League as a relatively unrestricted No.10 at Everton but he has rarely been given the opportunity to fill that role at United. Unfortunately, Fellaini just doesn’t fit the system that van Gaal uses and how supporters would ideally like to see the side play at Old Trafford.

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