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Kendall: Fellaini won’t improve Manchester United

Fellaini sale represents a good deal for Everton. (©GettyImages)
Fellaini sale represents a good deal for Everton. (©GettyImages).

While new Manchester United manager David Moyes has been receiving support from some unlikely places, there are some who are still not convinced by the Scot’s start to life at Old Trafford, especially when it comes to his transfer dealings.

Howard Kendall - Everton’s most successful manager who also played for the club - has hit out at the signing of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini from the Toffees in a £27.5million deadline day move.

“Moyes wanted him and got him but I don’t think he’ll ­improve Manchester United” Kendall told the Daily Star.

“To start with, where do you play him? David talks about his versatility – he can play in the centre of midfield, off the striker or in a holding role in front of the back four.

“But if you are buying a player, you put him where you want him to play and I haven’t got a clue what his best ­position is.

“I appreciate the lad. He’s got presence because of his size and he’s dangerous at set-pieces.

“But he floats – he plays it easy. He’s too safe with the ball for me – he doesn’t hurt the opposition with a pass.

“I would put that deal down as a good sale by Everton at that money. And when I look at the players who came in, it was without a doubt a good window for Everton.”

Kendall also took the opportunity to voice his disappointment at the circumstances in which Moyes left Goodison Park.

He had 11 years at ­Everton and while he didn’t leave them with a bad team, he left them with nothing in terms of his contract.

“Maybe, when his contract was running down, he could have signed for another 12 months with a buy-out clause.

“That buy-out clause, which United would have had to meet, would then have been a tribute to Everton Football Club.”

According to Kendall, Moyes was always destined to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson:

"I always felt that Alex wanted David to succeed him. And it’s not a feeling I had in just the last 12 months – it’s one I had for four or five years.

“It wasn’t something I feared would happen – I just viewed it as a certainty. It was all down to the relationship ­between two Scots – two top-class managers.

“Look at all the deals ­between the clubs when Alex was at Old Trafford and David was at ­Everton – deals such as the Wayne Rooney transfer, Tim Howard, Phil ­Neville and of course, ­Darron ­Gibson.

“It wasn’t a question of if Moyes would go to United, it was a question of when.”

The former Manchester City manager was in little doubt over United's chances of success this year, and although he would not commit to predicting a Premier League champion this year, he did go as far as saying it wouldn't be Moyes' Manchester United.

“I wouldn’t like to bet on who will win the title but I don’t think it will be Manchester United. It’s all about the players eventually and ­signing the right ones.”

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Manchester United
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Marouane Fellaini
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