Marouane Fellaini completed his “dream” move to Manchester United with moments to spare on Monday 2 September 2013, transfer deadline day, and in doing so became the first major signing of the David Moyes era.
It was the second time the towering Belgium international had been bought by the Reds manager, who previously acquired his services for Everton in 2008. That deal - with the Toffees paying a club-record fee to Standard Liege - was also pushed through on transfer deadline day.
Fellaini told MUTV upon his arrival at United, “I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working. When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance.”
Of course, Fellaini achieved great success under Moyes at Goodison Park, helping the Toffees finish fifth during his first season in the Barclays Premier League. His efforts yielded the club's Young Player of the Year award, voted for by Everton supporters.
In his second season in England, Marouane caught the eye once again, prompting his manager to declare him the “best midfielder” in the top flight. Unfortunately, an ankle problem sustainedduring the Merseyside derby in January ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.