When Manchester United announced that David Moyes had been sacked just 11 months into his six-year contract, it is safe to say that the vast majority of Red Devils fans were breathing a sigh of relief.
Having won the title under Sir Alex Ferguson in the previous season, United had fallen far from grace, eventually finishing seventh, their lowest position and points tally in Premier League history.
Yes, it had been a disastrous campaign for 'The Chosen One', who was handpicked by Ferguson to continue the dynasty he established during a 26-year spell at the Theatre of Dreams. By the time he left, Moyes had failed in the transfer market, installed boring football on the pitch and lost the dressing room. He simply had to go.
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But one man was very upset to see the Scot leave. That man is Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian was the only significant signing to arrive in a poor summer transfer window, joining from Everton in a £27.5million deal.
Fellaini had obviously grown very close to Moyes during their time at Goodison Park and the midfielder happily admits he was sad to see him go.
“Moyes, he was like a second father to me," he told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.
"He was very strict with me, but it was for my own good. Every time he punished me, he would take me to the training pitch and do a session just for me.
"When he was sacked from United, I cried. I’m not ashamed to say it because he did everything for me."
Two failed moves
The towering Belgian had been in imperious form for the Toffees in the 2012/13 campaign and was tipped to bring the kind of steel that Manchester United's midfield had missed since Roy Keane departed.
However, like Moyes, Fellaini failed to live up to his original billing. Moyes' successor, Louis van Gaal, never found a proper place for him in the squad, playing him everywhere from up front to defensive midfield.
Now, his future is as uncertain as ever under new manager Jose Mourinho, who is set to make major changes after succeeding the Dutchman last month. The Portuguese has been given permission to sell whoever he does not like and a massive budget to replace them with players he wants.
But with Moyes currently unemployed and searching for redemption after another failed spell at Real Sociedad, it is unlikely the pair will be reunited any time soon. Fellaini, however, expects him to return to the top.
He finished: "He’s just had two difficult seasons, but he’ll bounce back - he’s a good coach and we still talk from time to time.”
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