Quick links

Manchester United

Le Tissier hints that Moyes should take some credit for United success

The Premier League icon found it interesting that Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata are keeping the likes of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao on the sidelines.

Former Southampton star Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that Manchester United's reliance on Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata is surprising given last season's struggles.

Perhaps hinting that departed manager Moyes, now managing at Real Sociedad, deserves a modicum of credit for bringing the Belgian and Spaniard to Old Trafford in the first place, Le Tissier found it intriguing that the two players who arrived last season have played such a starring role in United's return to form under Louis van Gaal this year.

“United have plenty of attacking options," said Le Tissier. "It’s ironic that Mata and Felleni, both David Moyes’ signings, are the ones getting all the headlines.

“Van Persie and Falcao not featuring has allowed Rooney to get back up front and in his best position.”

Fellaini and Mata were the two big money signings of what was a turbulent year between Sir Alex Ferguson's reign and Van Gaal's appointment.

Former Everton star Fellaini, who was a trusted player during Moyes' time at Goodison Park, had an awful year upon switching to Old Trafford, and failed to find the net at all in his first campaign as a United player. He has been revitalised under Van Gaal this season, and boasts 6 goals this season, his third best from eight Premier League seasons.

Mata's time at the club has been a little more of a roller coaster, doing well initially but struggling to find a role under the Dutchman this season. He too has proven himself in the last couple of months, and the Spain international was outstanding in last month's win at Liverpool.

Both players will be key to United's hopes against Chelsea on Saturday, and if the Red Devils do get the win they're hoping for, perhaps a Scot in Northern Spain will feel a little pang of satisfaction.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch