Marouane Fellaini is a good player, maybe a very good player, but he is simply not Manchester United material.
The 26-year-old played for Everton for five years between 2008 and 2013, and did so successfully. The Belgium international established himself as a key player for the Toffees and his performances from midfield were factors in the Merseyside outfit become a regular top-10 Premier League side under David Moyes.
However, no one can dispute that he was one of the big flops of the 2013-14 Premier League season. There were doubts on whether Fellaini could make the step up when Moyes signed him for United for £27.5 million last summer, and they were justified as the season progressed. In fact, given his price-tag, he may even be the worst signing of the season in the English top flight.
Which is why Dante’s praise of Fellaini ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals will amuse many United fans. In a press conference, the Brazil international underlined how good Belgium are as a team, while going on to include the former Standard Liege midfielder among the “great players” that the European nation has.
‘This Belgium generation is very strong’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. ‘I played with Fellaini before, they have great players. They are candidates to surprise at the World Cup. I'm sure they will make it difficult for a lot of teams’.
Dante played alongside Fellaini at Liege during the 2007-08 season and, as a professional, has respect for the United player. However, it will be hard to convince the Red Devils supporters that Fellaini is indeed a “great” player.
That Belgium have some genuinely brilliant players cannot be disputed, but putting Fellaini in the same bracket as Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany might be pushing it a bit too far.