Marouane Fellaini, who himself is struggling in his first season at Manchester United, has come to a rescue of under fire manager David Moyes.
Marouane Fellaini is convinced that his manager David Moyes will be a success at Manchester United, saying that all the Scotsman needs is time.
Fellaini followed Moyes from Everton to Old Trafford last summer but it has been a difficult first season at the club for both men, with United struggling for consistency and set to miss out on UEFA Champions League qualification.
Fellaini has made 17 appearances for the United till date and has scored 2 goals in the process. Last season, he scored 11 times in 31 Premier League matches, creating 40 chances along the way.
Fellaini was controversially Moyes’ only midfield recruit during his turbulent first transfer window as manager and both men have struggled this season as United’s form has seen them slip out of the reckoning for Champions League qualification.
However the Belgian believes that his club have what it takes to get back to the top.
“What makes United different is that they stand by managers,” Fellaini said. “You look at the career of Sir Alex Ferguson and he managed the club 26 years.
“You have to give David Moyes time as well. He is a strong character. That’s why he can take the pressure. Given time he will be good for Manchester United.
“Man United had the same manager for 26 years – to change that is not easy for anyone. The supporters and everybody else has to give him time.”
Fellaini and Moyes have worked together since 2008, when Everton signed him from Standard Liege and the player was keen to express his gratitude for his long-time manager.
“I can only say a huge thank you because I learned so much from him,” Fellaini said.
“When I arrived at Everton he spoke to me about English football, the life and the style of the country. Also at Man United he spoke to me about life there as well. It is important because we have football but we also need a life as well.”
Moyes has defended Fellaini, whom he brought to Everton in 2008, and the towering star knows he now needs to repay a debt to the man he describes as having the biggest influence on his career. The Belgian spoke of how Moyes has disciplined him in the past, and demands certain high standards of his players. He gave an example of when he was sent off for Everton last season for violent conduct, and was subsequently punished by Moyes and made to train alone.
The player added: “I was like his son and I had been bad so I took my punishment.”
Manchester United play against their medieval rivals Liverpool this weekend.