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Fellaini finding his feet at United, insists Moyes

The big Belgian has been the target of United fan’s ire this season.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini shares a joke with Adnan Januzaj (centre) and Phil Neville at training yesterday.
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini shares a joke with Adnan Januzaj (centre) and Phil Neville at training yesterday.
Image: Martin Rickett

MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER David Moyes has leapt to the defence of under-fire midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini has come in for heavy criticism since following Moyes from Everton to Old Trafford in a big-money deal worth £27million.

The Belgian international has been targeted for a number of uninspiring performances, including United’s 1-1 draw at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

Fellaini’s performance was deemed so poor that he failed to receive a mention by Spanish paper AS in their playing ratings.

Moyes, however, is sticking by Fellaini as he slowly finds his feet in Manchester.

“I actually thought Marouane Fellaini got better as the game went on,” Moyes said, when speaking about Fellaini’s performance against Bayern at Old Trafford.

“We needed him, and I thought he played very well. He did well in the Aston Villa game and I think he’s getting much closer to scoring goals.

“It’s not an easy move, as I can tell you, leaving a club and coming to Manchester United. And for Marouane, I think it’s proved equally as difficult, but I have to say I think he’s done a lot of good things.

“We bought Marouane not to play every single game in the Premier League.

“He did a great job at West Ham and against Aston Villa. We’ve had to use him because of what we have available at different times. I think he’s improved.”

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