Manchester United finally complete a deal for a top class midfielder.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
A deal for the Belgian midfielder did not appear likely to go through with mere hours of the transfer window remaining, but a late transfer request from Fellaini seemed to force Everton’s hand.
Given that Manchester United had not signed a central midfielder since Owen Hargreaves in 2007, Fellaini’s acquisition is most welcome at Old Trafford.
The magnificently coiffed 25 year-old scored 12 goals in his 36 appearances for Everton last season – a total that no Manchester United midfielder could match, and his immense physical presence in the middle of the park also provide the Red Devils with a different attribute to their other players.
However, having also attempted big money moves for Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Sami Khedira over the course of the summer, Man Utd fans would be forgiven for thinking that Fellaini is very much plan B, C or D for David Moyes.
Regardless, the big Belgian will almost certainly be a great option in the Premier League for Manchester United.
Adapting to the European stage may, however, take longer.