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Giggs believes United panicked.

Ryan Giggs claims Manchester United made a panic buy in 2013

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Much was made of Manchester United’s decision to sign Marouane Fellaini for a massive £27 million on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2013.

David Moyes had just arrived at the club and missed out on numerous transfer targets during his first transfer window.

It left the Scottish boss desperately wanting the splash the cash on the final day of the window and opted for a player he knew very well from his time at Everton.

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However, Ryan Giggs - who was a coach under Moyes' regime at Old Trafford - has admitted that the transfer wasn’t thoroughly thought out.

Moyes hadn’t signed anyone before he eventually landed Fellaini and Giggs believes that the manager panicked with time running out.

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"The recruitment in that first summer under David Moyes didn't go to plan," the Welshman wrote in his Telegraph column.

"I don’t blame David. He came in without any of the inside knowledge about how the squad worked – when certain players needed resting, who was right for which game, who needed to be moved on and who needed to be encouraged.

"Those of us who had lived through it could help him a bit, but a manager has to acquire that knowledge over time.

"Signing Marouane Fellaini so close to the deadline that August, the club’s only major deal in a summer when we needed two or three big names, suggested that things were not running smoothly.

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"United had signed players late in the window before – Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 springs to mind – but this time was different.

"This time it was more of a panic."

A panic buy it may have been, but United fans are starting to be grateful for Moyes’ decision to sign Fellaini.

The Belgian has gone from scapegoat to an important member of the first-team, with current manager Jose Mourinho clearly liking his style. The 28-year-old may split opinion but the £27 million spent on him appears to be money well spent three years later.

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