David Moyes gets Fellaini seal of approval

David Moyes gets Fellaini seal of approval

Marouane Fellaini has backed David Moyes to be successful as Manchester United manager next season as he closes the book on an 11 year association with Everton.

The 25-year-old Belgian was brought to Everton in 2008 from Standard Liege and under Moyes, he has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

And Fellaini was effusive in his praise for Moyes and lauded his ambition for walking into what is one of the toughest jobs to have ever existed in club football.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Fellaini said: ‘There’s no doubt Moyes is a top manager who can be at Manchester United. Every year with Everton we are in the top six, we have been to finals and we challenge.

‘Everybody knows Everton don’t have a big squad but that hasn’t stopped him doing a great job here. Good luck to him.’

Fellaini has blossomed under Moyes since moving from Belgium four years ago and had his best season in the Premier League last year.

“When I was banned after the Stoke game, he gave everyone the day off – the players, the entire staff. But I came to training to do a session with him. It was not easy to go into the camp to face him like that. I understood, because I knew I had made a mistake.” Marouane Fellaini

He single handedly tore United apart on the opening day of the league last season and scored an impressive 12 goals in 36 league appearances for Everton.

And Fellaini admitted that getting on the wrong side of Moyes was not something a player ever wanted to do and his anecdote evokes a strong similarity to Ferguson’s approach to keeping matters of discipline behind closed doors.

“He is a decent man but believe me he can be tough,” Fellaini continued.

“If you want to win something, to create a good team, you have to be hard sometimes with the players. Football is like this. He can be scary.

“When I was banned after the Stoke game, he gave everyone the day off – the players, the entire staff. But I came to training to do a session with him. It was not easy to go into the camp to face him like that. I understood, because I knew I had made a mistake.

 

“But, you know, it’s not easy when you know you have let him down. Just going in there knowing you have to look him in the eye was tough! He put me through a tough session. It was a full on: running, shooting, passing. Everything was very intense and afterwards I was upset.

“I said afterwards “this is bad” but I am happy when he looked after me, so I understand. He was so important to me, he gave me my chance and he has done everything for me. He gave me the confidence to play at this level, I learnt a lot from him.”

Moyes clearly knows how to deal with his players behind the scene. Nothing overly critical was publicly said by Moyes about the Fellaini incident but he gave him a grilling behind closed doors. It creates a relationship of respect and judging by how Fellaini has played this season, it is one that works.

And that characteristic isn’t something that can be taught to a manager, it comes naturally. There are clearly some very strong parallels between Ferguson and Moyes – the more the better.

Fellaini has strongly been linked with following Moyes to United after admitting that he wanted to play Champions League football and suggesting that his best position is a defensive midfielder – the position that United are crying out to strengthen.

There’s no doubt that Moyes will be stamping his own identity on the team and although I can’t see him raiding his old club for arguably their best player, Fellaini could push a transfer himself if he wants to make the move.

Do you think Fellaini would be a good signing for Manchester United?

Photo: Getty Images

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