Marouane Fellaini has credited David Moyes with making him the player he is today and given him a vote of confidence that he will come good as Manchester United manager.
The Belgian midfielder has put in consecutive impressive Premier League performances on his return to the starting XI following wrist surgery and slowly but surely, has started to find some in a United shirt for the first time.
He has had a tough start to his career at Old Trafford, much like David Moyes, and hailed relationship he has had with the Scot as something that has really helped shape him as a player.
“He is like a father to me,” Fellaini told the Daily Mail.
“When I arrived at Everton I learned a lot from him.
“He is also hard with me as well.
“Last season when I was suspended after playing Stoke City he was very hard on me.
“He made me go back out and train alone with him. I was like his son.
“I could never say something bad about him because he has done everything for me.
“When I played bad he told me. When I played well he told me. It’s important for me that when I am good he tells me. And when I am bad he does the same.”
Fellaini has timed his form well as his best consecutive performances of the season in the run-up to three crucial games against Liverpool, Olympiacos and Manchester City, games he could provide a massive threat. Now, all he has to do is stay fit.
“David Moyes is a strong character. That’s why he can take the pressure. For me, given time he will be good for Manchester United.”
“Of course. I am now fit,” he added.
“I have played the last two games and I give everything for the team and him as well.
“I can only say a huge thank you because I learned so much from him.
“I played a lot of games for Everton and had some very good moments there. But I think what makes United different is that they stand by managers.
“You look at the career of Sir Alex Ferguson and he managed the club 26 years. You have to give David Moyes time as well.
“He is a strong character. That’s why he can take the pressure.
“For me, given time he will be good for Manchester United.
“Okay this season there have been a lot of difficult moments.
“But I think we will come good. Next season I think we will fight for the title.”
Although there are very few signs to remain positive about, at least some of his older players are standing by him is one of them. Hopefully they’re faith is well placed.