Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini revealed that former manager David Moyes was too soft on the squad last season, resulting in a seventh place finish, Mirror reports.
Despite Moyes being the one who brought the 27-year-old to Old Trafford in a £27million deal from Everton, he struggled with form and fitness throughout the 2013-2014 campaign.
The initial arrival of Louis van Gaal didn’t help Fellaini much as he was tipped to leave Old Trafford as part of the summer overhaul.
However, the Belgium international has now found his form and is currently one of the first-choice midfielders in the squad.
He praised Van Gaal’s strict approach, a personality trait that Moyes seemed to be lacking as Fellaini plots to help United finish among the top four this season.
“The coach is very strict, but that’s good. We needed such a coach,” he said.
“Last season, we had a bad season. We even missed European qualification. We needed a coach who would put some players’ feet back on the ground.
“If he says something, you should do it. Otherwise you’ll fly out of it [the team].”
The former Standard Liege ace has now featured 23 times, scoring four goals during the course of the campaign, and has now proved himself following a disastrous first season.