United Coach Demands More From Underperforming Belgian Midfielder

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By Adrian Back | December 4, 2013 10:18 PM EST

Manchester United coach Phil Neville feels as though summer signing Marouane Fellaini must improve in front of goal in order to earn a permanent place in midfield.

The Belgian moved from Everton in the summer for £27.5m and has been under pressure to perform as he was hand picked by David Moyes. He was the only player to arrive at Old Trafford but so far he has struggled to make a significant impact.

Fellaini was left on the bench for the hugely important games against Arsenal and Tottenham but could be in with a chance of facing his former club Everton tonight as Michael Carrick is injured and Phil Jones suspended.

Moyes will hope that United can extend their impressive run of 12 games unbeaten in all competitions but it will not be easy against an Everton side who are above Manchester United in the league and playing some excellent football.

And Neville wants to see more from his former Everton teammate who proved at Goodison Park that he could be a genuine goal threat.

"United fans haven't seen the best of Marouane. We need to see why we bought him," said Neville, as quoted by the Express.

"What is important for Marouane now is to play well in a match that we win and he scores a goal. He needs to start scoring from midfield. There is nobody better at that than him. That is his next step.

"He is shy. The first six months at Everton he was really shy and I thought we are going to have a problem with him. But he is not shy forever. He is very witty and very funny and a great character.

"That needs to come out. We need to see that in his play and around the training ground. There are so many big characters around that dressing room it takes time to bed in."

While Neville has suggested that Fellaini needs to improve he is confident that Manchester United fans will soon see why Moyes was so eager to bring him to Old Trafford.

"We have every faith in him. He is 25 and he is the best young midfield player out there. He will be fine. Slowly and surely we will see the best of him."

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