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Moyes defends Fellaini, says Pep impressed with United fans

David Moyes has launched a defence of Marouane Fellaini, while also claiming that Pep Guardiola was impressed by the atmosphere at Old Trafford in the game against Bayern Munich.

Alex Livesey

It's David Moyes press conference time once again, dear readers, and as well as the aforementioned tidbits of usual guff about working hard and trying to win every game and some stuff on Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling being back in training, we had a couple of more interesting bits of information.

Firstly, Moyes chose to come out fighting in defence of Marouane Fellaini, who was largely poor against Bayern Munich, saying:

"I actually thought Marouane Fellaini got better as the game went on. We needed him, and I thought he played very well. He did well in the Aston Villa game and I think he's getting much closer to scoring goals."

"It's not an easy move, as I can tell you, leaving a club and coming to Manchester United."

Well, quite.

"And for Marouane, I think it's proved equally as difficult, but I have to say I think he's done a lot of good things. We bought Marounane not to play every single game in the Premier League. He did a great job at West Ham and against Aston Villa. We've had to use him because of what we have available at different times. I think he's improved."

Really? We bought him to be a bit-part player?

TBB's position largely remains that it is too early to make a judgement on either Fellaini or Moyes, and that while evidence continues to fail to materialise to suggest either can lead us to glory, making such a rash and final confirmation so early would be destructive and silly in the extreme, of course.

On other matters, Moyes said:

"When I saw Pep Guardiola after the game he said to me 'David, is it always like this at Old Trafford?' and I said 'Since I 've been here it has been.' He was taken aback by the atmosphere. He said it was unbelievable. He thought the crowd were fantastic and that is someone who has been involved in a lot of big games over the years."

Having second thoughts, Mr Guardiola? Well, tough. He's the chosen one. You made your choice. No, you can't beg us to take you.