David Moyes: I never wanted to sign this player for Manchester United

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has gone on to admit that he never really wanted Marouane Fellaini to be his first signing at Old Trafford.

David Moyes took over at Manchester United from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer of 2013 and it goes without saying that the Scotsman’s reign at Old Trafford proved to be an unmitigated disaster.

Moyes was sacked during his first season at United following a very disappointing campaign and the ex-Everton man certainly made a number of huge aberrations during his time at the club which ultimately led to his dismissal.

One of the main reasons why United struggled was due to Moyes failure to sign quality new players during the summer transfer window and the only signing he was able to pull off was that of Marouane Fellaini from former club Everton on deadline day.

Fellaini was very poor during his debut campaign at United though and now Moyes has gone on to claim that he never wanted the Belgian international to be his first signing for the Red Devils.

The 54-year-old told Radio Five Live, “I never wanted Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing. The last thing I wanted to do was make Marouane Fellaini my first signing because I knew, coming from my old club (Everton) the look of it was never going to be [good].

“I’ve got to say we looked at Nemanja Matic as well. Matic at that time hadn’t done so well for Chelsea [and] had gone back to Benfica and he was a consideration.

“To be fair, we looked at them (Fellaini and Matic) and in a way we probably did need a more defensive type, somebody who would sit and make passes from the middle of the park.

“But we didn’t get a lot of things we hoped for and in the end we ended up only getting Marouane on deadline day as well or we would have had no signings in that summer at all.”




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