Marouane Fellaini backed to return to form for Manchester United - by Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

Despite the fierce rivalry in the city, Kompany believes that Fellaini has the talent to be a success at Old Trafford even though he has come under heavy criticism since his £27.5m move

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has backed Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini to rekindle his best form, despite his summer move seeing the Belgium teammates become arch-rivals on the blue and red halves of the city.

Kompany has been a rock at the back since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium in 2008, becoming the side’s captain and leading them to Premier League glory in 2011-12. The story has been different for Fellaini since his arrival in Greater Manchester, with his £27.5m move from Everton so far failing to materialise into anything positive.

The 26-year-old is yet to score his first goal for the Red Devils, but Kompany has insisted that he is hopeful of a return to form sooner rather than later ahead of their 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Speaking to talkSPORT on the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show, Kompany said: “People shouldn’t forget that it is Fellaini’s first season at Manchester United. It’s a big move and he deserves some time.

“It will sound weird because he plays for the red half of the city but I want him to get back to his best.

“He’s an important player for Belgium. He’s one of those special players. You just feel he can have a big impact on the team. They will need him a lot.”

Fellaini is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery to correct a long-standing wrist injury with a return date not expected to come until next month. The former Everton midfielder, who followed David Moyes from Merseyside to Old Trafford, has found his career get of the a bumpy start just like his manager, but Kompany has no doubts of Fellaini’s natural talent.

“It’s just a matter of time really because he’s got the lot,” Kompany insisted.

The two could come up against each other in the League Cup final on 2 March, although United have much more work to do than their fierce rivals if they are to book their trip to Wembley Stadium.

City’s 6-0 demolition effectively saw them through barring the biggest of upsets when they travel to West Ham for the second leg, while United will be looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit when they entertain premier League basement club Sunderland.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Phillips Idowu, Stella McCartney and Jessica Ennis
fashionMcCartney to continue designing Team GB Olympics kit until 2016
Sport
Shinji Kagawa and Reece James celebrate after the latter scores in Manchester United's 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy
football
Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
Sport
Farah returns to the track with something to prove
Commonwealth games
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game