David Moyes thinks Marouane Fellaini is a “modern day footballer” that has become “vital to Manchester United.
He has struggled to win round some of the Red Devil’s support after joining when Moyes first took over in his short-lived spell at Old Trafford.
And the Scot has leapt to the defence of the big Belgian who could struggle to be a regular fixture in United’s midfield with the quality at their disposal.
“Well, bringing Marouane Fellaini was part of what I hoped he would come to United and play in different games,” Moyes told ESPN FC.
“He was never someone who was going to play in all the games at United. He was someone that was there, his size is a problem to the opposition, it’s also something which helps you, Manchester United you’ve seen many times now have used him a more advanced role.
“As you rightly said, if you look at the games that he played under Louis van Gaal and now under Jose Mourinho, he’s vital.
“He’s a modern day footballer, he covers a lot of ground, he’s a decent passer without being a great passer, he can get you some goals, he helps you out in both boxes with his stature and he was something which we didn’t have at Manchester United and he was a player who was brought in to add to the squad.”