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Moyes: Fellaini delay was down to Baines

David Moyes has revealed that the reason it took so long to get the Marouane Fellaini deal finalised was because the club were still trying to sign Leighton Baines right until the last minute.

“We wanted to try and get Leighton Baines,” Moyes explained. “We didn’t want to give up on Leighton Baines right up until the last minute. Our aim was to try and keep the two deals together and it was only at the last minute that we decided to split the two deals. We felt that was the best way to do it.”

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  1. KVN says:

    Sounds like a lot of bull shit to me. PR job to deflect rightly
    deserved criticism of Ed dick head Woodward’s incompetence
    in the transfer market.

  2. wayne says:

    Baines won’t sign another contract imo,Utd offered decent money as far as I’m concerned Everton are cunts,he’ll be a Red next summer

  3. Hamster says:

    Sounds very legit to me.

  4. Sulz116 says:

    We had the full summer to get both but we ended up missing out on baines and over paying for fellaini

  5. edcunited1878 says:

    Everton and their chairman were always going to play hardball and wait as long as possible. They aren’t fucking stupid. Everton was the hammer, United was the nail. Everton had the leverage because they had the player United really wanted. But you can tell Fellaini was the more coveted player.

  6. Rd54 says:

    Foolish no need to disclose this when u haven’t make the deal ,u can go on maybe give up it will make pat feel u didn’t trust him,

  7. Rd54 says:

    Foolish dick head

  8. LexxytheRed says:

    I think Moyes should just keep quiet about the transfer window farce and talk actual football.

    PS: Is Kagawa starting tomorrow? And about time Zaha gets a run out too

  9. markdegea says:

    I saw no sense in getting baines whatsoever. Well, lts just face the upcoming fixtures. Excited at the prospect of seeing Fellaini tomo especially along side Carrick. Will rafael make it tomo7v

  10. Siya says:

    I’m sorry but that’s Bull!

    Moyes, will u please leave Giggs on the bench by your side tomorrow.

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cheers Scott, I was thinking it odd that we didn’t have a signing blog for Fellaini. Nice little series as well.

    So Moyes confirms that Fellaini was a top target from the off, confirming some of the rumors.
    Only thing that delayed it was he wanted it as a double deal for Baines and only his last minute decision to split the deal saved the Fellaini bid, as EFC weren’t going to drop their valuation of Baines.

    Still rate this window as a PR shambles. Hope we go back to doing deals in private.
    Also can’t help think we need a committed football chief exec so that Woodward can focus on bring in the bling.

    Congrats to Fellaini, seems a lad. Looks more like a highland sheep before shearing.
    Bring on the baaaaaa then! ;)

    18hrs till we get to see what he’s made of. 3 points v CP please!
    Come on the reds!

  12. The One says:

    Let’s see, it’s water under the bridge….I say, move on!!

  13. Costas says:

    Yeah because Baines is the second coming of Dennis Irwin, ffs. Thank God Everton were too stubborn not to sell him.

  14. Dev says:

    What the fuck exactly is Moyes fixation with Baines?

    Is he signing him to play him on the wings?

  15. wiuru says:

    Whatever happened Everton were very happy to rub our noses in it . Lets hope we can eventually repay the slight .

  16. wayne says:

    Baines is quality,simple as that he’ll sign next Summer,Everton are stupid because he won’t sign a new contract

  17. Warringtonred says:

    We will get Everton back by selling them Young.

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    For me, all the press leaks started with Woodward and the NYSE.
    Seems there is a feeling in some corporate circles that united need to compete for the bling stories, as opposed to just being a good sound business. Really backfired this summer.

    Hope Utd get back some sense of balance.

  19. wayne says:

    I understand Young has become the new whipping boy,what I don’t get is Nani is given a pass for injuries Young isnt

  20. wayne says:

    Nani has been shit for a year and half

  21. Twisted Fatboy says:

    Well I’m glad we got the lad, it’s obvious Moyes would go for players he knows and trusts and the only ones at Everton that would fit in are Fellaini, Baines and Barkley.

    Still don’t think we need Baines, it’s not as if he’s 24 with years to offer. Doesn’t offer more than Evra and we still have Fabio to come through.

    Fellaini is the type we need, if we had bought another attacking midfielder when would they get a game?

    Anyway, Anderson is all about being a sportsman now so he’ll be coming good…..right?

    Oh and might as well let Everton pay Barkley for the next season rather than buy him and loan him back.

  22. midfield-man says:

    “Roy Keane was an aggressive player who could win every ball,” said Fellaini. “Maybe I can do this as well.

    “I can win the ball. I can clear the ball. I can play clean.

    “The manager must decide where I play but I want to play defensive midfield.

    “In the past they have had (Eric) Cantona, Keane, (David) Beckham. I hope (I can do it too). I will work hard for this.”

  23. Marq says:

    I wish he didnt come out and try to explain. Only makes the whole saga look more stupid.

    The best way to do it? Whats the advantage of trying to keep the 2 deals together? From the pathetic offers, you can only conclude Woodward tried to get them on the cheap, and failed miserably. So here lies the difference. The expectation is that deals be done smoothly, but Woodwards seems to be more inclined to do deals cheaply.

    P.S. Remember Kenyon & Ronaldinho?

    Anyway, everything is said and done, lets get on with football. The less said about the transfer window, the better.

  24. drv3011 says:

    off topic.darren fletcher is back in training.Fellaini will keep fletch out of the team if he does return I expect but its awesome that fletch isnt giving up yet.he probably wont be able to recover top form but a great contributor to the team.quite happy for him.

  25. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Thank the lord we didn’t sign Baines. Someone we clearly do not need. Hopefully that will be the end of our pursuit of Baines. Get players we actually need.

    As far as Fellaini is concerned, I am happy that he’s made ot categorically clear that he wants to play in DM. hopefully moyes will listen to him. Don’t want a situation where we antagonise two superb players when we can simply save ourselves all the trouble by playing Fellaini where he wants to be played. I also hope to see Nani play from the start tomorrow and Kagawa playing some part. Should be a good game and hopefully a win.

  26. Traffordium says:

    Aaaah Kenyon…wonder what fergie said to him..

  27. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Fellaini says he wants to play defensive MF and emulate Roy Keane?! Ok then! Let’s be havin it! :twisted:

  28. RedEric says:

    Personally I don’t like the idea of going for every-best-thing Everton has.
    What I do believe is we can muscle out other teams for other and better options.
    So far everything we signed last transfer came from Everton
    Add Baines to that list and we just look shallow if not coward to venture elsewhere
    For me its AMEN that we didn’t get the last-piece-of-bit from them
    If Fabio and Buttner are not better replacements for Evra, a younger Luke shaw could be our target
    His development at SOTON are physical and I can see him being a hot target for clubs a few years
    to come. I’d sign him and loan him back to Soton one or two seasons if there’s no urgency for him
    in the team

  29. wayne says:

    I don’t understand how 40 mill for the pair is considered a pathetic offer??

  30. RedEric says:

    Sorry for typing errors

  31. wayne says:

    Oh and I think LexxytheRed should just shut the fuck up has never had anything good to say

  32. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Baines? 2 years ago we probably could have used him, now we have cover and a resurgent Patty Evra. Don’t need Baines at a price higher than asking.

    Would guess Baines will look back on this as an opportunity missed. Fully believe that United will not.

  33. WeAreUnited says:

    lets be honest, getting a 29 old Baines for 6-10 mil would be ok, but nothing more, I rate him very much, but why not get a younger one? or try utilising our youth or helping fabio get his place.

    I believe that evra wil lleave us after this season and that’s why we tried baines, otherwise we would have never went for him in such manner. anyway, the season is long and evra could have done with a back-up, but maybe buttner or fabio can step their game and try to get the heir.


  34. LexxytheRed says:

    Only a fool with argue with Wayne on ROM, I just looked up my comment and I don’t think I said anything different from what couple of folks have said on here. But like I said its only a fool that will get into a fruitless argument with Wayne…….. Ignore that’s it

  35. wayne says:

    Ill bet anyone Baines will be a Red by next summer

  36. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The difference is, the style keane employed in his pomp would send him packing nowadays. Fellaini can be aggressive but with intelligence and reading of the game. Swinging elbows etc would be punished instantly in the champions league. It’s time fellaini dropped his “hacking down” everton style and be more clever and if his passing can be slightly better, he would form a good platform for the flair player.

    Nice to see moyes explaining the kagawa issue, hope to see him off the bench or starting and then starting vs leverkusen, a game we must take seriously.

  37. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Not really bothered united missed out on baines, let him sit in his comfort zone. Like i’ve always said, there are cheaper but with bigger potential at a younger age around europe.

  38. RedEric says:

    Not just champions league, there are referees in PL who doesn’t feel right to leave minor errors unpunished and those errors if not rectified could cost our games. This is a higher level of trade and by all means any new player joining our team should adopt to safe play b’cos in Manchester every single point counts.

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  40. Marq says:


    Where did you read that we made a £40m bid? We offered £28m, and it was for both Fellaini and Baines.

  41. DreadedRed says:

    Perhaps Wakey can shed some light. It now seems to me that we decided to risk a few bob, to increase our chance of getting our transfer targets. Nothing wrong with that, getting Dave’s man is more important than saving the odd shekel. Rather than go for each player individually, we tried to increase our chance of getting Baines, by using the Fellaini purchase as leverage. It meant that we missed the buyout cutoff, that’s where the shekels went. Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach agreement on the double deal, so we bought Fellaini.


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