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Moyes may move for Fellaini – and why he’s the right player for United

David Moyes has taken the toughest job in world football – replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. The former Everton boss inherits a Premier League winning squad full of talent and a transfer kitty that he has never been used to at Goodison Park. With the aim for next season sure to be retaining the Premier League title, and putting a challenge in for the Champions League, smart moves in the transfer market are needed this summer.

Online betting for UK punters suggest that Moyes will return to his former club to sign one or two players. Big names such as Gareth Bale and former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo would certainly be welcomed by all of us, but more cost-effective purchases can be expected, even if United’s impressive revenues keep paying off the debt.

Most United fans would agree that Leighton Baines would be a sensible signing, given that Patrice Evra lacks competition and is getting older. The England left-back has been one of the most consistent performers in his position in the Premier League over a number of seasons, and has a fantastic blend of defensive and attacking attributes to make him a hit at Old Trafford.

However, one of Moyes’ firm favourites is Marouane Fellaini, who also looks destined for a move to a bigger club in the near future. The Belgian offers the versatility of playing as an attacking weapon behind a striker or in the centre of the park as an enforcer. However, he sees himself in a central midfield role and that is where United need the most reinforcement, with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly the only two long-term first-choice central midfielders at the club.

As a central midfield enforcer, Fellaini’s attributes would be a perfect complement to Carrick’s vision and ability. His swashbuckling approach and defiance to take second best against talented opponents is just what we need to be more competitive in the centre of the park. The Belgian could insert the energy, work-rate and industry needed to add urgency to United’s play when they don’t have the ball.

Should Moyes decide to sign Fellaini, it would not be the big-name addition to strike fear into the hearts of opponents. But like the best signings, he would fit into the squad well and with Moyes’ help, he could be a world-class midfielder for the club for the next 7 years.


 

139 Comments

  1. wayne says:

    King Eric said on the debt thread Monaco making a mockery of football,their stadium is on top of a parking lot and get crowds of between 5 to 10 k.Players going there are not even Rent Boys just out and out whores bought and paid for,high priced pets for a billionaire

  2. vinnyacardo86 says:

    @wayne we need more fans like you. I am really impressed. It seems alot of you fair weather fans are getting scared already. wtf is wrong with felaini? he is a top player with good composure and additional ariel ability. Regarding eric steele, It is not the end of the world. De gea has matured very well and has set a standard for himself. He should be able to motivate and psyche himself to maintain that standard irrespective of who the next gk coach is. Let us be strong, we united fans….some of the comments i have been seeing are just shocking

  3. vinnyacardo86 says:

    @zigoo “doesn’t have the technical ability”… i disagree with you. I feel felaini is very technical, This season, he has been played out of position and still managed to bag in double figure goals. He has good awareness and good first touch and can fend off challengers really good. My only problem is dat he can be slow on the ball some times.

  4. Mynameislurch says:

    is this a good time to point out all these arguments are irrelevant as he still technically works for Everton for another month? Jesus Christ.

  5. OJM says:

    I can’t wait for some of you fairweather cunts to fuck off …

    Cunts.

  6. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    Fellaini can put in a shift. But so can Jones.

    Interesting to see if Jones/Fellaini will be the answer to replacing Carrick.

    Still think Anderson needs to come good or be replaced.

  7. CC says:

    I have a friend whose brother-in-law works at Everton and worked closely with Moyes for 6 years.
    1 – Moyes is a consummate professional – a very impressive guy.
    2 – Fellaini will surprise you all by just how good he will be in a United shirt.

    Lets hope so.

  8. Daniel88 says:

    Fellaini is a PERFECT signing.

    There is only one player in the Premier League that the CHAMPIONS man marked last season. The first game when we didn’t he fucking destroyed us.

    ” b b b b but it will be the long ball ”

    Just because you have a tall player that means you have to play long ball …. NO !.

    Many people seem to forget this guy really can play ball at feet AND he will give the other option.

    Just think about what a fucking pain in the ballsack he has been against us for the last five years. Do you really want that at Chelsea or City ? … fuck that.

  9. TheCANTONA says:

    i’d might take fellaini but not baines. nothing to do with baines’ ability except that he’s english so we have to pay premium price, only 3 years younger than evra, there’s no sign of decline from evra, with fabio returns we have had enough players for left back position.

    regarding moyes, not my first choice to replace SAF but people need to chill out FFS! he hasn’t start and u’re already slating him? get a grip people!! remember what SAF says “back and support our new manager!” THAT’S your and my job now.

  10. Rukky says:

    In moyes we trust… Let watch 4 a season 1st, with benefit of doubt then jugde our midfield,playing style e.t.c. But i pray we dont loose our core drive and bcom some what of a mediocre club with saf,gills and major coaches gone. Stil dont undastand d eric steele decision tho.

  11. Sam says:

    I can remember United tasking Jones with man marking Fellaini at Old Trafford. He’s a good player, would be a very useful signing.

  12. Dazbomber says:

    I am happy with the sackings , it shows he is own man .a new broom sweeps clean

  13. King Eric says:

    Daniel. Spot on pal.

  14. scholes18 says:

    Let’s be realistic here…OBVIOUSLY fellaini wouldn’t be the world class addition we need to take the team to the next level…but the simple fact of the matter is that he would be a great addition to the team and after Carrick he would be the next best CM. Giggs is good but can’t play week in week out. Fletcher is unfortunately ruled out. Cleverley is really good but doesn’t really trouble top teams (to be fair he’s 23/24 and can only improve). Anderson is injury prone.

    I think Moyes should sell Rooney ando and young for definite. I’m 50/50 with nani because he has bags of ability and can be one of the best wingers on his day. But he is awfully inconsistent and i think he should get another year because a new manager might ignite him. Also alot of fans are slating valencia but just remember he was voted as our best player last year and i know he has had a poor season but he showed glimpses towards the end and always gave 100% when picked.

    Realistically speaking, our starting line up next season will be,
    GK…DDG
    RB…Rafa
    CB…Rio
    CB…Vida
    LB…Evra
    RM…Valencia
    CM…Carrick
    CM…Fellaini
    LM…Nani
    CF…Kagawa
    ST…RVP

    Bench (a standard second choice keeper. Lindegaard is shaky)
    Jones evans clevs zaha welbz hernandez

    Also have the likes of fabio smalling buttner giggs powell henriquez challenging.

    And finally…on a more ambitious note id put a bet on signing bale. Now he WOULD take us up a few notches. We could put him on the left wing and nani on the bench.

    Our wingers would be brilliant. Bale=world class. Nani in his own league when on form. Valencia an unstoppable force when firing on all cylinders. Zaha would be that fresh injection of youth combined with the fact of playing without fear. Kagawa and welbz could also put in a shift if required.

  15. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    I’m not having a pop at Moyes. I am saying I dont want fellaini to be our first choice midfield signing based on what i’ve seen from him. People can have preferences for what type of player they want to see at United without being called fucking faidweather fans FFS.
    And for those who dont think thiago is up to scratch. I take it you have never seen that man play before have you.How anyone can tell me that Fellaini is a mobile player is beyond me. What exactly is your definition of a mobile player. Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez are mobile players Berbatov and Fellaini and Gomez ARE NOT. How the fuck is a relatively limited movement player going to be able to dominate in midfield in this lge or in Europe?
    Fellaini is basically what Tim Cahill was for everton for many years. A “supposed midfielder” who was brilliant in the air and spent majority of his time further forward than in midfield.
    I dont pass judgement on any of our signings till December when theyve got some competitive games under their belt. If we sign fellaini i’ll just have to accept it but I’d rather we not sign him.
    And signing Gundogan is not fantasy football. We did get kagawa from them did we not? Bayern just took gotze from them. IT CAN BE DONE.

  16. zeroctrl says:

    1. We haven’t actually signed any one yet – everybody relax. We don’t know what Moyes is planning. Who knows IF he’ll sign him and if he does perhaps he has another idea for him as far as his position, contribution and perhaps we’re looking at another signing that would compliment him in midfield if that’s where he’s deployed IF he comes to OT.
    For all we know Moyes could toss Anderson & Cleverly and sign two new bodies for midfield.

    2. I am also glad to see a clear out of the back room. Some of the tactics were wrong, and nobody said anything, bunch of yes men. Moyes needs to make OT and the backroom his own. That he did this shows he’s up for it and won’t be hiding behind anyone just because they’ve been there for years.
    If the keeper coach is so great, why the fuck did it take so long to get DDG up to speed. SAF mentioned that he’s improved because he’s bulked up.. thanks to steel? Really?

    3. I’m excited about next season – the thing is with SAF, we were likely to get another striker signed or stay the same..he likes his strikers, he thought our team one of the best and could challenge for Europe.
    We would have likely seen the same midfield or worse. I think a fresh perspective from Moyes will be good, and I for one won’t judge him on any signings or his tactics at least until after Christmas. Let’s get behind him.

  17. NBI Red Onion says:

    He is a big guy, but we have no MF other than ando on rare occasion when fit who can run with the ball, Fellani can’t do that, nor can Carrick or Cleverly. I would prefer a Yaya Toure style MF.

  18. scholes18 says:

    @ nbi I agree mate

    Perfect choice would be funding an for me :)

  19. Brisbanefan says:

    Rightly or wrongly DM will be judged on the first signings he makes, and who he lets go.
    If the first signings are Alcantara and Strootman then the outlook would be good and indicative of his ambitions.
    If on the other hand the club finishes up with Fellaini and Fabregas, then be prepared for mid table mediocrity.
    Sir Bobby should have a word with him to remind him of the club’s high standards.

  20. samuel - united WE stand says:

    You can fuck off with your fairweather bollocks, not everyone will agree on fellaini. For me, he’s not the answer and i stick by that

  21. zeroctrl says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWmq9UzX6hY

    If these are the best highlights of him then we better keep Anderson…

  22. Evans_KickingSkills says:

    Fellaini?! Might as well sign Andy The Barbarian then!

  23. Evans_KickingSkills says:

    I’d rather have Zlatan on ten times the salary. At least he´s technically gifted.

    In fact, if this is the type of player you´re looking for, why not put Phil Jones next to Carrick?

  24. Evans_KickingSkills says:

    After reading some of your comments:

    1. I am actually happy that Moyes was chosen to take over. I think he well do a good job here.
    But I am supporting to club, not Moyes. And I don’t see how Fellaini would improve this club. His best position is up front and we’ve got that area covered already.

    2. By the reasoning of some the comments on here, Andy Carrol would also be an excellent choice (I don’t think that he would, just saying). But we’re not West Ham are we?

  25. Marq says:

    I dont understand how anyone can judge Fellaini or even Moyes before anything happens. There is no ‘answer’ to our midfield. If it was that simple don’t you think we would have busted our guts to get that guy? Veron proved that reputation & potential means nothing. Who would have thought Solskjear and Yorke would have been so successful. And Vidic & Evra too. And I dare anyone to say he knew Fletcher would become so important to us when he started playing first team

    And for the manager, of course people are going to rate Klopp more, because he has the results to prove it, at a shoestring budget too. And don’t get me started on style. Yes we have been on the edge of our seats this season, but people forget for the past few seasons now, we have played solid rather than spectacular. So I don’t buy that United under Sir Alex played vintage football all the time

    Its been 1 week since the end of the season for us, and people are forgetting already. Our job now, is to get behind our new manager and the things he is going to do. Period. We at United have never been getting the best, we get the best fit thats all, and you’ll never what fits until you try it

  26. dan says:

    The thing about Bale is that he has been so effective when allowed to play that roaming role. Everyone keeps talking about him on the left but if you watch how he is deployed it is rarely in an out and out left wing role. How exactly would Bale and Kagawa fit in the same line up? They would occupy the same space unless you gave Kagawa and Bale license to switch around so that Kagawa shifted to the left when Bale came inside. I would love to see a signing like Di Maria who I thinlk fits the mould of our squad better.

  27. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    I have to agree that Fellaini is not a significant improvement over Phil Jones.

    A solid box to box CM may not be needed if Moyes decides to play with 1 striker and 2 defensive center mids. Jones and Carrick are a solid combo if and when a 4-2-3-1 is implemented.

    I believe Fellaini is a step up from a continually crocked Anderson and brings more physicality than Cleverley. But if and only if the 4-4-2 is tossed.

  28. Jorge Curioso says:

    “… over the period of the last 10 yrs a serious case can be made for Moyes being only 2nd to Sir Alex…”

    Now, *that* is hilarious.

  29. wayne says:

    Jorge Curioso ? Moyes survived over 10 yrs at 1 club only him Sir Alex and Wenger so hardly hilarious is it,in terms of consistency only 3 managers that can even be rated.Moyes has consistently kept Everton hovering around the top six surrounded by clubs that have spent mega millions,so don’t really see what’s funny let a lone hilarious he’s won Prem Manager of the Year 3 times how many managers have achieved that?,just those awards alone tells you how good he’s been
    Are you a little simple mate?

  30. utdforever says:

    Jorge.. you’re hilarious. Not. Moyes has done fantastically well with the limited resources he’s had at Everton so who would u suggest has done better outside of our man Fergie?

    Back to topic.. Fellaini is exactly the signing we need.. we are seriously lacking some steal in midfield and he’s just the man to provide it.. and he shows up for big games. Sign him up Moyesy!

  31. ziggy says:

    I’m not so sure about this,Moyes seems a very ethical man and Everton for sure must have been asked him not to try to lure players like Fellaini or Baines.

  32. mara says:

    @ Dannysoya 16:59
    @ Samuel 17:07
    You took words out of my moth. When i said that few times, some fans said that i’m negative, not a fan etc. but we came to that shit. Football has changed. Even Bayern and other german teams, started to play with more skillfull players. Rear power it’s not enough. If Fellaini is best we can get on the market, then we have bad manager. We need 2 players in the middle that can make a mess with dribles or give ball with eyes. Kagawa is one, but he is not enough.

  33. roboo7 says:

    Fuck off people saying cesc to come cant stick him he is just good in an average team why do you think barca want him out. And thiago has any1 actually watched him last time i heard him wad u21s few years back scoring a good goal havent heard anything since.

  34. gg says:

    Fellaini is a good player, not one that will take you out of your seat but one who will add some hard work and would be a big presence in the middle of the park. We are lacking a strong character in midfield, Carrick is more like a good passer than a mark man.

    This man could do a work for us, another option would be Victor Wanyama.

    I also like Gundogan but that looks pretty hard as Dortmund will try to keep the rest of their squad after Gotze and probably Lewa are leaving.

    In: Fellaini and Wanyama or one of them, Zaha
    Out: Anderson

    Keep the rest of the squad and more important keep Rooney

  35. Edpayasugo says:

    I really don’t think Fellaini is the best option, nor United quality.

  36. WilliamAR says:

    I think Moyes should look at the possible transfer targets that fergie had in mind. unites scouts have most likely got a list of targets and buying felliani would just seem like moyes is going for a player that may have been good in a team that was only good enough for 6th place in the league and regularly finish around that spot but definitely not united class. Moyes has to realise quickly that this is a whole new level and he’s going to be working with much much better players and understand that the level is much higher that felliani.

  37. jigpig says:

    @williamAR

    Spot on. Of course the jury will be out for a while as players find their feet, I just hope there are no major blunders in the first few months, otherwise things tend to snowball out of control very quickly, you know what the ABU media is like. They probably have their headlines written for the morning afer the charity shield already.

  38. jigpig says:

    Oh my God…Phil Neville is coming back and Rene is down the road…….

  39. Patrice says:

    The most important player United need if we are to defend the title as well as challenge for CL is non other than GARETH BALE. otherwise we will start celebrating 4th position like Arsenal do these days. With GB in then we can try to get Fabregas , Thiago Alcantara or even Kaka.

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