Manchester United assistant manager Steve Round has spoken of his delight at the signing of Marouane Fellaini, calling him ‘a really good acquisition’, the Guardian
The arrival of Fellaini for £27.5m was confirmed late on transfer deadline day, as the Belgian left Everton to reunite with Round, and manager David Moyes. The duo were responsible for bringing Fellaini to Goodison Park in the summer of 2008, and were successful with their second bid to take him to Man Utd.
While the Red Devils have several options in central midfield, Round believes that Fellaini can offer them something extra. He told the Manchester Evening News: “When David came here he looked at the squad and thought one of the players we needed to bring in was someone with those physical attributes in the middle of midfield who could give us strength and aggression in certain games and maybe allow one or two of the others to play,”.
“That, coupled with his ability to score, made him feel Marouane would be a really good acquisition for United. When you get to work with him every day, you get to realise that technically he is excellent.
He is a 10 to 15 goals a season man and that is good from midfield. He can play No4, sat in front of the defence, he can play an eight in the centre doing box-to-box and can play a No10 where he drops off the front man. That’s valuable when the range of games is so varied.’
Fellaini was Man Utd’s only significant summer signing in what was a frustrating transfer window, with attempts to sign Ander Herrera, Cesc Fabregas, and Fabio Coentrao all proving unsuccessful.
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