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Fellaini has found it tough - Moyes

ESPN staff
December 4, 2013
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David Moyes has admitted Marouane Fellaini has had a tough start to life at Manchester United.

The midfielder became the fourth most expensive signing in United's history when Moyes signed him for £27.5 million on transfer deadline day.

But Fellaini has struggled to get a place in the team at Old Trafford and has been criticised for his performances. He has only begun three Premier League games, was sent off in the Champions League draw with Real Sociedad and, whereas he struck 12 times for Everton last season, is yet to score for United.

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And Moyes told national newspapers: "He's not had the best of starts. But this is a difficult club to join and settle in right away. It's a new manager as well, so from that point of view, he can take time to settle in. But he is a good player, and has been for a few years at this level, and I have no doubt he will go on to prove it with this club.

"He is having the same settling-in process as probably most players who come to Manchester United. Some players come in and hit the ground running, but there will be others who will take a bit of time to settle in."

Fellaini has been playing with a wrist injury but, even though first-choice central midfielder Michael Carrick has been absent with an achilles problem, was only a substitute in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

However, with Phil Jones suspended, he could come into contention for a return when his old club Everton visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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