Moyes: Fellaini is better than Hazard and Kompany

Belgium National Football Team

David Moyes asserts that Manchester United's new signing is better than any other Belgium player, including key men for Chelsea and Manchester City. Is he right or biased?

While England slipped to number 17 in the FIFA World Rankings this week, behind USA and Greece, one country is enjoying a rapid rise.

Belgium are up to sixth in the world, their 'golden generation' propelling the team who have not qualified for a World Cup since 2002 to the country's highest ever ranking.

The Red Devils are a team packed with stars, several of who are household names in the Premier League, and are on course this time to qualify for the upcoming World Cup.

Manchester United clinched the deadline day signing of Marouane Fellaini, the physical midfielder who plays a key role for Belgium. 

Manager David Moyes said today as Fellaini was unveiled that he believes Fellaini is Belgium's best player.

"I think he has matured as well. Every time I go and see Belgium, I always come away thinking he is their best player.

"He has always been incredibly focused. He trains hard every day. He was desperate to join Manchester United. He knew this was a big opportunity for him and he wasn't going to let it go amiss."

Moyes clearly wants to build up the confidence of his new signing and emphasise that he can be a game-changer at Manchester United after missing out on more prestigious targets, and that's quite a statement.

It is so, because Belgium are a team packed with stars. Their team includes Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Moussa Dembele, Kevin de Bruyne, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. Quite a cast.

And Moyes says Fellaini is the best. So he probably would. After all, Fellaini is the one he is managing this season and the player he has managed at Everton for several seasons, but he won't want you to believe his opinions are biased, rather genuinely held.

Comparing Fellaini to players like Hazard and Kompany directly is not a wise judgement to make, because all are different players, but when it comes to assessing their impact on a team, and how important they are - he feels none have a role to play quite like the new Manchester United midfielder.

Our question is, if you had to pick one Belgium player as the nation's best - who would it be? Would you agree with Moyes that it is Fellaini, or would you pick Hazard, Kompany, or Benteke?

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