Belgian pundit - Fellaini 'can save Manchester United's season'

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Marouane Fellaini has received backing from a former Sheffield Wednesday striker after his goal-scoring performance for Belgium.

When Manchester United snapped up Maraoune Fellaini in the summer it was a deal that received mixed reactions.

David Moyes was obviously a fan of the player from their Everton days together - but the £27.5 million paid seemed a little bit steep in most opinions.

He struggled to adapt at first - and was unceremoniously picked apart by Manchester City earlier in the season - and injury problems have also not helped the bedding in period.

But last night he scored the opener for Belgium against the Ovory coast - and one man thinks he can still have an impact for United this term.

Marc Degryse is a former Belgian international who played as a striker during his 20 year playing career.

In that time he scored goals for fun at Club Brugge, Anderlecht and Germinal Beerschot - as well as with Belgium, his 23 goals in 63 games for his nation puts him at joint seventh in the all-time top scorers list.

He also had a largely unsuccessful stint in English football - signed by Sheffield Wednesday for £1.5 million in 1995, he spent one season at the club before joining PSV Eindhoven.

He was once the most expensive Belgian footballer - so knows a thing or two about living up to price-tags, and he thinks Fellaini has what it takes to live up to his.

Degryse works mainly as a TV pundit these days - and yesterday he was watching as Belgium succumbed to a late comeback by Cote d’Ivoire, courtesy of Didier Drogba and Max Gradel, and this is what he said of Fellaini after the game - concerning the rest of his season with United:

Fellaini recently put in his best United performance so far in the game against Crystal Palace - and after a good international break who knows? He might just show some of that fine Everton form in a United shirt … finally.

The next United game is against West Brom this Saturday - here’s hoping he can live up to Degryse’s prediction.

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