Manchester United fans should be patient with Fellaini, says Phil Neville

As the midfielder prepares to face former side Everton on Wednesday, the Red Devils coach has claimed that a goal would do wonders for the Belgian's confidence
Manchester United coach Phil Neville remains confident that Marouane Fellaini will prove a big hit once he settles into life at Old Trafford.

Since following David Moyes to the Red Devils, the Belgium international has struggled to recreate the form that he showed at Goodison Park in his five seasons with Everton and is still awaiting his first goal for his new side.

Neville, though, is not concerned about the 26-year-old's form and believes that he will only get better for United.

"We are really relaxed and we are really patient with [Fellaini] because you have seen it with players in the past like Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic. It took them six months to settle in here," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"It is not just the games on a Saturday or midweek; it is the intensity of the training, the size of the club and the expectation from the fans.

"All the other things like that that go with playing for Man Utd, it takes time to get used to. As the games keep going on, he will just get better and better."

Former Everton captain Neville thinks that Fellaini's confidence will begin to grow when he produces match-winning performances for the team.

"What is important for Marouane now is to play well in a match that we win and he scores a goal," he observed. "He needs to score and win. That is the next step for him.

"The United fans haven't seen the best of Marouane Fellaini."