Marouane Fellaini has stated that injuries have been the reason for an underwhelming start to life at Old Trafford.
One of David Moyes’ perceived mistakes at Manchester United was the signing of Marouane Fellaini, who has struggled to fit in at the club since a summer move.
The giant Belgian has suffered injuries that have kept him on the sidelines, while the former Everton man has looked slow to adjust to the pace of play in United’s midfield.
However, Fellaini has pledged that the Old Trafford faithful has not seen what he is capable of yet and that he will win them over next season.
“I need to be fit to be good. Even when I am injured I can play but the fitness is not the same,” Fellaini told The Telegraph.
“I was injured for three months and that was a difficult moment for me. When you arrive in a new team you want to play, you want to stay with the team and when you can’t play it is difficult to see the team – even off the pitch.
“When this season finishes I will start with my preparation for the next year and it will be good. I will look to show what I can do next season.”
Fellaini stated that moving to Old Trafford was something of an eye-opener and a chance of pace from his time at Everton.
“When I joined Manchester United I thought, ‘Wow, this is different’,” he continued.
“It was very good at Everton. But this is different. Different atmosphere. Different club. Everything is different. It is good to see that. This is a very big team – the biggest team in the world.
“I feel I know the players now. I know the club. It has been a good experience to be training with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.”
Fellaini admitted that he was sad to see Moyes lose his job and thanked his former boss for bringing him to the club.
“I learnt a lot from him and for that I am very grateful,” Fellaini concluded.
“It was a shame things didn’t work out for him at Manchester United but David is still a great manager and I’m sure he will be back in football very soon.
“Whoever becomes the next manager, they will bring fresh philosophies to help the players achieve what the fans want.”
Fellaini was used by Moyes predominantly as a defensive midfielder at United, but many have stated that he should be deployed further forward.
He is set to play for Belgium at this summer’s World Cup and needs a good pre-season if he is to play a role for United next season.