Jan Vertonghen claims Manchester United have misused his Belgium teammate Marouanne Fellaini - after the £27million Old Trafford misfit netted a crucial goal just five minutes into his World Cup finals debut.

Fellaini's headed equaliser, after coming off the bench in Belgium's 2-1 victory over Algeria, was his first goal for club or country since his Everton farewell in a League Cup tie with Stevenage last August.

Since then he has struggled for form and fitness, with David Moyes failing to successfully fit the player into his United system before he was sacked in April.

But Tottenham defender Vertonghen insisted the midfielder will always be treasured by his national team for his supreme aerial ability.

Vertonghen said: "With Belgium, [they] know how to use him and I don't know whether they do in his other team.

"Marouane always is very important for the Belgian team. I know there has been a lot of pressure on him from the fans in England but in Belgium he always does well and scores goals.

"I'm very pleased for him and I gave him a little hug after the game because I know that goal meant a lot to him.