Marouane Fellaini has admitted that the week following the termination of erstwhile Manchester United manager David Moyes' contract was hard for him personally due to his close relationship with the Scotsman, an affiliation that has it's foundations in a 2008 acquisition, when Moyes bought the £15m Belgium midfielder from Standard Liege for Everton.
Five years later he purchased Fellaini once more, this time as his first major transfer dealing in his new role as the boss of the Old Trafford outfit, for £27.5m - an investment that has, thus far, not paid dividends.
United axed Moyes on April 22, yet Fellaini has now opened up over what life is like for him: "It was a hard week for me because I was close with the manager," he explained to MUTV. "I was sad, but that's football.
"Results are the most important thing in football so the club decided to make the choice."
What may be most upsetting for Fellaini, though, is the fact that it leaves his own future up for debate. He has not showed the level of quality that is expected of players at Carrington and he may well be moved on after just one season, speculation fortified by his notable omission from interim player-manager Ryan Giggs' first 18-man squad against Norwich City last week.
Giggs did not even name Fellaini on the bench for United's Premier League clash, a match they won 4-0 without him.
Can Fellaini salvage his United career, or is it perhaps dawning on him that he, too, may follow Moyes through the exit door?
Just recently, he was linked with a move to Arsenal…