Marouane Fellaini told Stadium Astro that there was ‘a lot of pressure’ on David Moyes at Manchester United compared to Everton.
The hard-hitting midfielder was brought to England as a fresh-faced 20-year-old by Moyes in 2008.
That journey started on Merseyside and continued in Manchester many years later, with the Scotsman, now pushing for the Champions League at the London Stadium, only lasting 10 months at Old Trafford.
No one can argue with the job Moyes did at Everton because it was a remarkable one given the budget he had.
But Fellaini shared what was the difference between playing for Moyes at Everton compared to Manchester United.
“First thing, when I arrived at Everton, I was 20-years-old,” said Fellaini. “It was new, to me, to arrive in this league. Complicated, difficult and the intensity is high.
“But it was nice because the coach was very good with me. He helped me a lot and I improved so much with him.
“After five years, he went to Manchester, okay I went with him. It was different because it was a new club for me and a new club for him.
“There was a lot of pressure for him, more than me because he is a coach and he has a lot of decisions to make. Okay, after one year, the club decided to sack him. But I stayed there for four-and-half years more – it was different, but always good.”
Whilst things didn’t go well for Moyes at the theatre of dreams, he is guiding West Ham to a dream finish if they continue in their current ways.
The Hammers are currently sitting fourth in the Premier League table after narrowly surviving relegation last season.
Just like his Everton days, Moyes hasn’t had a bucket load to spend and once again, somehow, he has found his very own Fellaini in the shape of Tomas Soucek.