This will be Round’s second spell working with Fellaini, having also been a part of David Moyes staff at Everton and was one of the key factors in Fellaini joining Everton in 2008, giving a sparkling report after watching Fellaini take on Liverpool with Standard Liege.
Moyes looked across Europe in an attempt to revamp a dwindling midfield this summer and settled on Fellaini, having to wait until the last minute to be sure that he had got his man. Whilst some have reported that Fellaini was a last resort, Round told the MEN that Moyes identified his former player as a man to improve United’s squad as soon as he joined United:
“When David came here he looked at the squad and thought one of the players we needed to bring in was someone with those physical attributes in the middle of midfield who could give us strength and aggression in certain games and maybe allow one or two of the others to play.”
Having signed Fellaini, Round believes United will benefit from his ability to perform in a number of roles and thinks this will prove key as United’s season progresses:
“When you are building a squad to compete on all fronts you don’t want every single player to be the same. You want options and differences. In a certain game it might be Tom Cleverley and Carrick in midfield, it might be Fellaini and Carrick, or Fellaini and Anderson. There are different permutations
“It has given the manager options he didn’t have before.
“He is a 10-15 goals a season man and that is good from midfield.
“He can play number four, sat in front of the defence, he can play an eight in the centre doing box-to-box and can play a number 10 where he drops off the front man. That’s valuable when the range of games is so varied.”
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