Manchester United summer signing Marouane Fellaini has admitted that training at the champions is a lot tougher than what it was at his old-club, Everton, and because of that, the Belgium international has been sent to train with the reserves.
Fellaini, who completed his summer move on transfer deadline day, came on as a second-half substitute during the side’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, but since then, has been told to train with the younger players so that he can get used to the intensity of the regimes.
Despite costing the English champions just short of £30million, the big midfield-man didn’t get the chance to train with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Nani, but instead, he trained with Alex Buttner, Fabio and Wilfried Zaha.
In an interview, Fellaini admitted himself that he is currently finding training hard, but also revealed that he is loving life at United.
‘I have a problem with the intensity of the training because I am playing with big players. It is quicker than at Everton. But I am happy. I like the game and I like to play.’
His former-Everton boss and now United manager David Moyes believes Fellaini will come good eventually.
‘He’s got the potential to be that good,’ he said.
‘He’s got an awful lot going for him. I always think he is Belgium’s best player and they have a very good side.
‘Hopefully he’ll help our great players get better by giving them a bit more freedom on the pitch. He’s got good ability and he’s still young enough to improve.
‘He’ll be a true Manchester United player. We’ll give him time and the room to do so and I think hopefully people will see he’ll contribute greatly to the team.
‘We’ll play him further back the pitch than up the pitch. We’ve got enough people who can play the number 10 role.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt