PHOTO: Marouane Fellaini with Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is currently on World Cup duty with Belgium.

Marouane Fellaini may not be very popular with the Manchester United fans, but he is certainly held in high esteem by his compatriot Vincent Kompany.

Ahead of Belgium’s World Cup last-16 clash against the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Tuesday, team captain Kompany, who has been at Manchester City since 2008, posted the following picture on social networking site Twitter.

Fellaini joined United from Everton last summer for a whooping £27.5 million transfer fee, but his debut campaign at Old Trafford was largely a failure.

The 26-year-old became a symbol of now-sacked David Moyes’ terrible time in charge of the Manchester outfit.

However, the former Standard Liege midfielder still found himself in Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad and has actually played a crucial role in the Red Devils’ progress to the last 16 – it was his equaliser against Algeria that set the European team to a 2-1 win in their opening Group H game.

Next up for Fellaini and his Belgium teammates is a last-16 tie against the USA on Tuesday.

It will not be easy for Marc Wilmots’ side, who have yet to make a big impact on the tournament in Brazil, while the USA finished ahead of Portugal to secure the runners-up spot in Group G.

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