Manchester United confirmed the announcement of Marouane Fellaini's move late on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £27m - but is he the player to solve the Red Devils midfield woes?
It was evident after the Liverpool game that United were severely missing a creative presence in the middle of the park after conjuring up a measly four efforts on target the entire game. The responsibilities heavily lie on a now ageng Michael Carrick who has frequently bailed out the United midfield in recent years and it's time they added another centre midfielder to accompany the Englishman.
The team have little depth in the middle with enough below average performances from Anderson - who struggles to complete full matches - and Cleverley - who's best attribute is probably his energy yet he lacks a final product and often squanders good chances.
Since the retirement of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes the Red Devils have lacked the aggression and creativity from midfield as well as a goal scoring threat. The acquisition of Shinji Kagawa last year has not been used effectively with most performances coming from the left wing and the absence of Darren Fletcher has also taken away the engine from the heart of the midfield.
Although not the massive name United fans were hoping for with the likes of Ozil, De Rossi, Modric & Herrera being linked, Fellaini may prove to be the player to fill the void at the heart of Manchester United.
Since playing for Everton he's earned the reputation of being aggressive, aerial and a general hassle for the opposition - something the Red Devils do not posses within their ranks in that position.
Additionally he's a goal scoring threat. He reached double figures in last season's Premier League campaign, which no other United player in his role managed. As well as this Fellaini can be deployed in several roles - from a deeper defensive position to a more advanced forward helping to cover in a variety of positions across the pitch.
Having previously played under Moyes for five years Fellaini's transition to the club should be easier. That will help massively considering he's such a late signing and needs to settle into the team quickly.
On paper Fellaini has the ingredients to fill United's midfield void but will the step up be too much?
How do United fans feel about his signing?
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