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Manchester United new boy supported them since 1999

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Manchester United's £27.5million deadline day signing, Marouane Fellaini, has claimed he has been supporting the Old Trafford club for nearly 15 years.

That new Manchester United boss David Moyes was the man to take Fellaini to Everton has been suggested as a major reason behind the Belgium international making the move, but it now appears as though his boyhood allegiances also played a part.

Sir Alex Ferguson put together a number of brilliant teams in his 26 years in charge of the eEd Devils, but the treble-winning team in 1998-99 was arguably the greatest and it was this team that secured the affection of an 11-year-old Fellaini.

"I'll never forget sitting there at home watching that final all those years ago, and I made my mind up then that United were my team,' he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

"It wasn't just the fact that they were European champions, it was the way they did it. I was captivated, and it has been a dream ever since that I might one day pull on the jersey and call myself a United player.

"I have counted myself a United fan all these years, and when the call came, I didn't have to think twice. In fact, the only thought that crossed my mind was getting it done in time."

Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were the heroes on that night, which went down as possibly the most dramatic finish to a Champions League final in history.

Bayern Munich had been leading for much of the game and were in control until injury time when two David Beckham corners were somehow tapped in by the two forwards, sealing their status as Old Trafford legends.

Fellaini will be hoping he can help to create his own Champions League legend as he embarks on his Manchester United career, which he will begin at home to crystal Palace on September 14.

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