Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has come to the defence of Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini has struggled to make an impression at United since his move from Everton and is currently out after a wrist operation.

Kompany told talkSPORT: "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 added. "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.

"It's just a matter of time really because he's got the lot."