Steve Round, Manchester United’s assistant coach has defended the clubs new manager insisting that he is more than ready for the challenge of taking charge of the Premier League Champions and welcomes the signing of Fellaini from Everton.
The opening to the 2013/14 season has not been an easy one for David Moyes, with the farce that was United’s transfer window and a difficult start to the league.
Speaking with the Manchester Evening News, Steve Round said:
“Without a doubt, David was ready for this job
“He has an incredible desire to succeed. He now has the stature and presence to move to a club like this. I really do believe he will be a big success.
“Now I have been in this club and environment I can understand why Sir Alex and the board appointed him – to keep that continuity, work ethic, drive and feeling about the club going.
“It was very important to them and I can understand now that I have been here and lived it. They were made for each other.”
Manchester United had a very mixed transfer window, with, at times, bids flying in from everywhere for players including; Fabregas, Baines, Khadira, Herrera, De Rossi and Contrao.
United did though wrap up a £27.5million deal for Fellaini just before the window was shut and Steve Round feels Fellaini will prove his worth, he added:
“We wanted someone who could give us strength in the middle of midfield and allow one or two of the others to play
“Technically, he is excellent. His chest control is arguably one of the best in the world. His feet are really good. He is aggressive, tackles, and has great fitness stats.
“He is one of the highest runners in matches. He will regularly do over 12 kilometres a game.
“He doesn’t have the same range of long passing as Michael Carrick, but the way he keeps the ball and his short passing is very good.
“When you are building a squad to compete on all fronts you don’t want every single player to be the same. You want options and differences.
“Marouane can sit in front of the defence, go box to box and drop off the front man. He is ready for this step up.”
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