Former Manchester United boss David Moyes says that his old have benefitted from his decision to sign Marouane Fellaini and that he’s “not surprised” the Belgian has come good at Old Trafford.
The powerful midfielder was the Scot’s only addition of the summer – following him from Everton – he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Red Devils, and was widely criticised during his debut campaign.
Fellaini was a late purchase after a host of other targets escaped the club’s grasp, while the £27.5m fee paid could have been avoided had United moved earlier to trigger a release clause worth £23.5m.
Moyes was sacked last year and the big-haired 27-year-old was expected to have little future under Louis van Gaal, but his bombarding showings have made him a key member of the Dutchman’s now impressive XI.
And the now Real Sociedad gaffer says that he never doubted his marquee buy, who was unfortunate that the circumstances of his arrival increased the pressure on him:
“It was a big move for him, it was a big move following me and being the only signing made it even more difficult.” He told The Express.
“We wanted to bring in other players and the recruitment didn’t work the way we wanted it to and, ideally, we wouldn’t have made Fellaini our one and only signing if we could have helped it.
“But I am not surprised at Fellaini because I thought he had made a big impact on England over the years. He texts me quite regular and I always text him back and tell him how well he is doing and to keep going. I’m really pleased for him.
“He will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he can affect games and you want players who can affect games.”