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David Moyes, the manager who was sacked as manager of Manchester United before the end of last season, has finally spoken out about his failed transfer signing Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgian midfielder cost £27.5m, and although Moyes managed him during his previous spell at Everton, Fellaini completely failed to produce anywhere near the levels expected of him.
Moyes wrote in his column for the Sunday Times, the following:
“‘I felt for him over the criticism he took. He’s a shy boy, a humble boy, a quiet personality. Despite appearances – the hair makes him look like an extrovert – he’s a gentle, sometimes, emotional soul who is so desperate to do well and he was hurting because he wasn’t able to show his true self at the start of his United career.
“Without going over old ground regarding last summer’s transfer window, I want to make two points. The last thing we wanted was to make him my first signing as United manager and the only signing of the summer.
“That was always going to bring too great a spotlight on him. But by the time we got to deadline day the club hadn’t been able to close a couple of big deals and there was no choice.
“His size is such a threat to the opposition. He’s technically gifted, especially when it comes to chest control, and he’s formidable in the air – though, actually, I feel he should score more headers than he does. He can run.
“He has brilliant fitness, a brilliant attitude. What we saw him do against Algeria was what I brought him to Manchester United for.
“He took time to settle at Old Trafford but in the final month of last season was becoming an influence, a different sort of player to the ones already there and one who was having an impact in games and helping produce goals. I feel he still has the potential to go on and be a good United player.”