Marouane Fellaini reveals he cried when David Moyes was fired by Manchester United and believed the current West Ham manager would stay at Old Trafford ‘for a long time’
- Marouane Fellaini played for David Moyes at Everton and Manchester United
- Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson and signed Fellaini for £ 27.5 million that summer.
- United were champions in 2012/13 but finished seventh after Ferguson retired
- Moyes was widely criticized and was fired after only ten months in office.
- Fellaini has admitted that he was sad to see that the current West Ham boss was fired
Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he cried when David Moyes was sacked as manager by Manchester United.
Moyes left Everton to become United manager in July 2013, following the surprising retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after a legendary 27-year stint at Old Trafford.
Fellaini followed Moyes from Goodison Park, signing for United in a £ 27.5 million deal on the day of the deadline that summer.
Marouane Fellaini was ‘sad’ when David Moyes was fired by Manchester United in 2014
The move didn’t work out for Moyes, who was often criticized during his tenure at the club, before being fired after just ten months in office.
Moyes has had a rebirth at West Ham, but his former player Fellaini has admitted that he felt the Scotsman would stay at Old Trafford “for a long time.”
He said The athletic: ‘I was sad for him when he was fired because I know how much he wanted to be successful.
Fellaini followed Moyes from Goodison Park, but the Scotsman was fired after just ten months in charge.
“If you ask all the Everton players what they think of Moyes, they will tell you that he is a good person.
‘I’ve said it from the beginning, if you give Moyes time, he will make a team. I have seen West Ham several times this season. They have become a difficult team to beat.
“If I’m honest, I cried when I found out that Moyes lost his job at Manchester United. I thought it would stay a long time.
‘It was a sad day. I went to his office to say goodbye, before he said goodbye to everyone. I said, ‘Good luck’. But it was a difficult time for me.
Moyes struggled to find his feet after United, but has had a rebirth at West Ham
‘Moyes is a superior man, he has a big heart. That is why maybe he was not successful at Manchester United, because he is too good. ”
Moyes was often criticized for his tactics at United and left with a winning percentage of just 52.92 in 51 games.
Fellaini lasted six years at Old Trafford before joining Chinese Shandong Luneng in 2019.
Fellaini, who now plays for China, suggested that Moyes was probably ‘too good’ for United’s job.
United fans were never convinced by the Belgian midfielder, who was often associated as one of the reasons for their struggles in the post-Ferguson era.
Moyes struggled to recover with spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland before West Ham decided not to renew his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season.
He returned for the second time in 2019 and led the team to an impressive sixth place last season.
They have started the new season strong, ranking fourth after their first ten games.