David Moyes has revealed he did not want Marouane Fellaini to be his first signing as Manchester United manager.
Moyes moved to the Red Devils from Everton in 2013 and brought Fellaini with him, forking out £27.5 million for the Belgium international.
However, the Scotsman claims he was actually looking to sign Nemanja Matic but ended up capturing Fellaini instead on transfer deadline day.
“You can ask my staff – the last thing I wanted was for Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing,” Moyes told Radio 5 live.
“I knew, coming from my old club, the look was never going to be good.
“I’ve got to say we looked at Matic as well. He hadn’t done well for Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.
“He was a consideration. We probably did need a more defensive type player in hindsight.
“Someone who would sit and play, make passes from the middle of the park. But we didn’t get a lot of the things we hoped for.
“And in the end we only ended up getting Marouane on deadline day or we would’ve got no one in that summer at all.”
Fellaini had initially struggled to win over the United faithful after switching from Everton, but the midfielder has caught the eye under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage.
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The 29-year-old has impressed when playing alongside Matic, who joined United from Chelsea in the summer, in the heart of the midfield, scoring four goals in all competitions so far.