Belgium decided to leave Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on the bench for their crucial Euro 2016 fixture against Republic of Ireland on Saturday afternoon.
The former Everton man was replaced by Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele in midfield after a disappointing performance against Italy last week.
Marc Wilmots’ side needed a win after their defeat to Italy in their opening game of the tournement and came out with a 3-0 victory at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.
To make Fellaini’s day even worse, he was then refused entry into the stadium after not being recognised by security guards as he did not have his pass around his neck.
He has struggled to win over United supporters since his arrival at Old Trafford and will have to impress when he is given the opportunity for Belgium as there is no doubt Jose Mourinho will be keeping an eye on his progress.
Despite some impressive performances under Louis van Gaal like in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton, he has not quite fit into the team. He is a great asset to the team when used effectively but wasn’t used to the best of his abilities last season.
Fellaini built up a great relationship with van Gaal and will now have to prove himself once again if the wants to keep his place on the side next season.