Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, has revealed that he is interested in signing Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj for Sunderland. Moyes, who was sacked in April 2014 – a mere ten months after being unveiled as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, bought Fellaini from Everton for a massive £27.1million, whilst Januzaj flourished in 2013/14 under the guidance of the Scot, however has since fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Moyes was appointed Sunderland manager in late July, following the departure of Sam Allardyce.
Marouane Fellaini has had a troubled time at Old Trafford since his calamity transfer in September 2014. The Belgian international was available for £24million two months earlier, due to a release clause in his contract – however, United’s botched transfer attempt resulted in the club paying over the odds for the player. His physicality has been a real strength in certain games and despite fan discontent – he rarely goes hiding; he just simply isn’t a Manchester United player. Fellaini has featured under Jose Mourinho in pre-season and scored the final goal against Galatasaray in the 5-2 victory on Saturday.
Adnan Januzaj has fallen so far down the pecking order, the iconic number 11 shirt he was presented with last season – was given to Anthony Martial for the forthcoming campaign. Januzaj, who was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund last season, only made five league appearances last season (two starts) and scored a solitary goal against Aston Villa in the second week of the season. Once described, by Moyes, as having the potential to become “one of the greatest players in Europe” – at 21, he still has time – but has definitely regressed over the past few season.
When asked about a potential transfer for the two Belgian players, Moyes was extremely complimentary regarding their abilities and suitability for Sunderland:
“They’re excellent players. We’re interested but I’m sure there’s a load of other clubs that are as well. We’re interested in lots of good players. You have to have a realistic view. There’ll be some players we can attract just now and some players we can’t.”