Van Gaal using Fellaini wrong – Belgium coach

Date published: Monday 28th March 2016 10:51

Marouane Fellaini Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal is not using “very good” Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini correctly, according to Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.

Fellaini’s performances have come under heavy criticism from United supporters this season, but Wilmots believes he has been hamstrung by Louis van Gaal’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Fellaini himself has previously said he sees himself as a defensive midfielder, but Wilmots says the 28-year-old is better without a partner in the deep role. Wilmots believes the former Everton man’s best position, however, is as a box-to-box midfielder.

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

“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.”

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