Manchester United boss admits regret concerning £27.5m signing

David Moyes has admitted he would have liked to have given Marouane Fellaini more time to bed in at United before throwing him into the firing-line.

Marouane Fellaini’s summer transfer to Manchester United was under the spotlight for a number of reasons – not least the fact the Belgian was the only senior player David Moyes managed to sign, and that he did so for considerably more than the midfielder’s initial release-clause.

But the United boss has now admitted his regret at throwing the former Everton man in at the deep end.

In an interview with the club’s official website, Moyes 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.”

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Fellaini has yet to reach the level of performance that prompted Moyes to spend £27.5million on him on transfer deadline day. While his first start, against Bayer Leverkusen, was impressive, his matches since have seen him often look slow and out of his depth.

But in the same interview Moyes said he felt Fellaini had played well in Sociedad – prior to his sending off – and he will have another chance to impress tomorrow against Arsenal…should he get the nod.

While it is far too early to say whether or not Fellaini was a good signing for the champions, he has certainly taken more time to settle than some fans will have expected.

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