Marouane Fellaini under unfair pressure at Man United, says David Moyes
David Moyes says Marouane Fellaini was made a Manchester United scapegoat last season
Marouane Fellaini was under unfair pressure at Manchester United last season, according to David Moyes.
The Belgium international was signed in a £27.5m deal on transfer deadline day last summer, becoming United’s only big-name signing of the window.
He had come into a team that wasn’t playing with as much confidence as we would have liked. I think that affected him as well
Fellaini struggled to impress in the Red Devils side as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor came under increasing scrutiny before being sacked in April.
And Moyes has leapt to the defence of the 26-year-old after a forgettable first season at Old Trafford, insisting Fellaini was made a scapegoat.
“Unfortunately for Marouane, he was the only player we brought in and because of that he was seen as the big signing. It meant he was under more pressure than he perhaps should have been,” Moyes told the Daily Mail.
“And when the season didn’t start the way we all wanted it to, he came under a great deal of scrutiny, even if most of the attention was on me.
I felt it was unfair that he was having to carry that extra pressure and expectation, and deal with extra criticism, simply because David Moyes had signed him.
“I think he’d be the first to admit he maybe didn’t always play as well as he could have done when he got the chance. But it was a big change for him, even if he did have previous Premier League experience, and he had come into a team that wasn’t playing with as much confidence as we would have liked. I think that affected him as well.”