Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has said manager David Moyes is like a father figure to him.
The respect between the Belgian midfielder and the United boss is evident. Having worked together at Everton after Moyes had bought him from Standard Liege in 2008, Fellaini was the Scot’s first and only signing of the summer transfer window at Old Trafford for a fee of around £27.5m.
He has also called for time to allow Moyes to get things right at United after what has been a difficult inaugural campaign for the man chosen to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fellaini is quoted saying at a promotional event in Glasgow: “I could never say anything about him because he has done everything for me.
“He is like a father. When I arrived at Everton I learnt a lot from him and I want to repay him.
“It is difficult for every manager, I think, in the first year. However, United have had 26 years with just the same manager, so the change is not easy for the supporters, for everybody. But give him time and I think he’ll be great for the club.”
Fellaini hasn’t had the easiest of starts to his Manchester United career and has yet to register his first goal for the club. Prior to a wrist injury which kept him on the sidelines for a short while he looked unconvincing in the middle of the park.
However, he has played in United’s last two Premier League games, with both games producing wins for the reigning champions on the road with the Belgian looking pretty solid.
A big test awaits Manchester United on Sunday as they take on fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.