31. MAROUANE FELLAINI
|Birthdate:||22 Nov 1987|
|Joined United:||02 Sep 2013|
Marouane Fellaini completed his “dream” move to Manchester United with moments to spare on Monday 2 September 2013, transfer deadline day, and in doing so became the first major signing of the David Moyes era.
It was the second time the towering Belgium international had been bought by the Reds manager, who previously acquired his services for Everton in 2008. That deal – with the Toffees paying a club-record fee to Standard Liege – was also pushed through on transfer deadline day.
Fellaini told MUTV upon his arrival at United, “I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his
way of working. When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance.”
Of course, Fellaini achieved great success under Moyes at Goodison Park, helping the Toffees finish fifth during his first season in the Barclays Premier League. His efforts yielded the club’s Young Player of the Year award, voted for by Everton supporters.
In his second season in England, Marouane caught the eye once again, prompting his manager to declare him the “best midfielder” in the top flight. Unfortunately, an ankle problem sustainedduring the Merseyside derby in January ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
Fellaini’s involvement in 2010/11 was also limited by injury but he produced his best form in the following season. Playing in a more advanced role, the Belgian became one of Everton’s primary attacking weapons, using his power and physical presence to great effect on a regular basis. United fans will remember his display during Everton’s 4-4 draw at Old Trafford, a result that helped turn the title race in Manchester City’s favour.
In 2012/13, he picked up where he left off – powering his way through United’s defence to score the only goal in Everton’s shock 1-0 win in the opening league match. Notably, the goals kept coming and by the end of the season, he was the Toffees’ top scorer with 12 strikes to his name.
That was how his Everton career ended, on a high, for within two months of Moyes starting work with the Reds, the pair were reunited at Old Trafford.
“I have worked with Marouane for five years and I’m delighted he has decided to join Manchester United,” Moyes told MUTV. “He is a player with great ability and strength and I think he will make a real difference to our squad.”