Moyes greets Marouane
David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini both spoke exclusively to MUTV, moments after the Belgian midfielder’s transfer from Everton was completed. Here’s a transcript of the United manager’s interview…
It’s the second time you’ve signed Marouane Fellaini. What qualities will he bring to Manchester United?
Several different qualities. He’s a very good footballer and a good technician. He has the ability to score goals and play in several different positions in the midfield. I think that’s an area where everybody felt we could do with strengthening. He’ll give us different options in different games in terms of where we can use him. He’s still young and improving. For me, he’s been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the last few seasons. If he can join a club like Manchester United and continue to improve hopefully we’ll have a real good player on our hands.
Are you confident he can flourish on the Old Trafford stage?
Yeah, I think everybody has to be given the chance to do that. I’m confident he can. I think he’s a talented boy. He has a good mentality, he’s a good professional. We’re looking forward to seeing how he does.
Do you think he has a best position, or are there a variety of ways he can help the team?
He helped me over the years in different ways. He can play higher up, if we need it, behind the striker or as a defensive or holding midfielder. In any position in the middle of the field he’s comfortable. Because of that I think it’s definitely a position where people have said we’ve been short of numbers, with the likes of Paul Scholes [retiring] and Darren Fletcher not ready to come back just now. I felt we needed to strengthen there and I’m glad we got him.
Fans have seen him cause all sorts of trouble over the years in an Everton shirt. I suppose they’ll be relieved that he’s on our side!
I do know he’s not someone you want to play against because you have to make contingency plans for him. He has lots of attributes that other people don’t have. And there are other things he won’t have that we’ll have to help him with. But with the qualities he’s got, I’m sure he’ll be a good player for Manchester United.