David Moyes has admitted that he didn’t want to give Marouane Fellaini as much playing time as he has at the start of his Manchester United career but felt he had to put him in earlier than he wanted.
Fellaini had no time to settle at United because his move was so last minute on deadline day and that has obviously had a knock on effect on his form so far.
The 25-year-old has so far failed to replicate the form at Everton that made him such a destroyer on the pitch but Moyes is confident that he is now coming into good form and will start to become a more influential player at Old Trafford.
“I watched him playing and he looked a little bit behind,” he said.
“I had to put him in earlier than I’d have liked. I planned to put him in much slower to bring him on and give him a chance to settle in. But we put him in early because we needed it. I didn’t think he was quite ready then but I actually thought he played well in Sociedad.”
Fellaini’s best performance of the season was certainly in midweek against Sociedad. He was harshly sent off for two very soft yellow cards but was a real brute against the Spanish side and showed how powerful he can be in the middle of the pitch.
Paul Gunning wrote an excellent article looking at Fellaini’s struggles so far at Old Trafford and much like Moyes, he is confident that Fellaini will begin to show his true colours soon. Hopefully, their confidence is well placed.