Marouane Fellaini has hailed the influence of David Moyes on his career, claiming the Manchester United manager has acted as a father figure to him since his arrival in English football with Everton.
Fellaini was recruited by Moyes from Standard Liege in the summer transfer window of 2008, for a club record fee at the time, before the Belgian followed his manager when he left Goodison Park to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
The midfielder feels like he owes plenty for Moyes for the way he has progressed during his time in the Premier League, although makes clear that he is never given an easy ride by the Manchester United boss, who always demands good discipline.
“He is like a father to me,” Fellaini told the Daily Mail.
“When I arrived at Everton I learned a lot from him.
“He is also hard with me as well.
“Last season when I was suspended after playing Stoke City he was very hard on me.
“He made me go back out and train alone with him. I was like his son.”
Fellaini has struggled with injury since his £27.5 million transfer to Manchester United, with the 26-year-old having made only 13 appearances in all competitions during his maiden campaign with the club.
The injury problems have since subsided for Fellaini, who has started each of Manchester United’s last two outings in the Premier League. They have won both of these without conceding a goal, against Crystal Palace and West Brom, and Fellaini is in contention to face Liverpool this weekend.