Manchester United fans were waiting all summer for the "marquee" signing of David Moyes. After three months they got... Marouane Fellaini. It could have been better, couldn't it?
The Red Devils desperately needed a creative midfielder to partner Michael Carrick in the middle of the park.
On top of United's transfer targets was Thiago Alcantara. He was close to signing for the Premier League champions, but Bayern Munich came and snapped the Spaniard right under the noses of the Red Devils.
Then Cesc Fabregas was wanted, but he stated that he wants to retire at Barcelona, which meant Manchester United had to look elsewhere.
The transfer window was coming to an end and with only few days left, Manchester United made a lot of bids, with offers going in for Daniele de Rossi, Ander Herrera, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Marouane Fellaini.
Roma said De Rossi isn't for sell, the bid for Herrera was accepted, Real Madrid laughed off interest for Khedira and sold Ozil to Arsenal, leaving Fellaini to leave Everton at the last minute.
It all went very strange with Herrera, but his transfer never went through.
In the end Manchester United spend £27.5m on Fellaini, and as the only signing he is expected to do big things.
But lets look at the begining, the moment when Manchester United started to look for a midfielder.
We have to go back to 31 May 2011, the day when Paul Scholes announced his retirement. United missed him a lot the following season when Manchester City won the title.
When he returned to professional football in January 2012, United quickly moved ahead of City and left them eight points behind.
But, when the injury crisis at United ended, and Scholes had to settle with a place on the bench, the Reds started to drop points and lost the title due to goal difference.
He hung up his boots for good at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Scholes was highly-regarded for his technical skills: clean touch, passing range, vision, calmness on the ball even under pressure and rarely relinquishing possession. Now Fellaini has to do what Scholes was doing, but a lot of people aren't convinced with the Belgian's qualities.
Yet United didn't see a player that was ready to replace the Englishman and no, it isn't Paul Pogba, although he would be a direct (and perfect) replacement for Scholes, because United lost him last summer. This man is Yann M'Vila.
Even though M'Vila signed for Rubin Kazan last winter in a reported £15million deal, Manchester United could have easily persuaded the French international to move to Old Trafford
He can play as a defensive and central midfielder and is described as a player who "boasts a fantastic work-rate" and is "robust in the challenge". He is also known for his passing ability and "superb vision".
M'Vila is a very similar player to Paul Scholes, but the Frenchman isn't the typical hard-tackling defensive midfielder. He is more disciplined and has only received 16 yellow cards in more than 120 games.
Yet there are still doubts whether M'Vila could adapt to English football and maybe that's why Manchester United decided to buy a proven midfielder.
M'Vila looks like the ideal player for United, but nobody noticed the Frenchman who might be the missing piece of Moyes's midfield puzzle.
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