Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has criticised Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal for not making the best use of midfielder Marouane Fellaini. He moved to Old Trafford from Everton in the summer of 2013 and has played under David Moyes in his first season and now under the Dutchman at the club.
The 28-year-old has been deployed in various positions by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager throughout the course of the season. He played as a striker, in the No 10 role and also in the No 6 position alongside a partner.
Fellaini was jeered by Red Devils supporters when he was substituted during United's 1-1 draw against West Ham United. Last November, Wilmots had urged the former Everton midfielder to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window due to lack of playing time.
The Belgium international has made 18 starts in all competitions for the 20-time English champions this term. Wilmots believes Fellaini is not being utilised properly at United, which is why he is struggling at Old Trafford.
"I know him by heart. In my eyes, he is a box-to-box [midfield player]. He could also play as No 6 [a holding role] by himself, but not with a partner," Wilmots told The Times.
"He has the ability to play on the offensive too, as Everton used him. He is the best goalscorer 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."
Fellaini's compatriot and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is struggling with injuries. The centre-back is sidelined with a calf injury, which he picked up during the Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev and Wilmots claims he will not include him for the Euro 2016, if the defender is not fully fit.
"Two months before the tournament, we don't have many problems. If there are no complications regarding injuries, there will be no problem," he explained.
"Every problem has a solution. [If anyone misses out] I have other players. I will find other alternatives. Vincent is an important player for us because he is quick, and with him we can play a high line.
"But he has to listen to his body. It's important. He's [nearly] 30, he's not a child. I give him a lot of freedom with regards to his own body. I know that he knows himself well, he's a real professional. He lives for his job. He has an incredible love for the national team, but I'd never take a risk with a player. It's too dangerous."