Former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has stated that the purchase of Marouane Fellaini from Everton in 2013 was a panic buy.

The powerful Belgium international was signed by David Moyes close to the end of the summer transfer window after the Old Trafford outfit had struggled to attract other significant targets to the Premier League club.

Fellaini has been the figure of some of the United fans’ frustrations over recent years, with the lofty midfielder criticised for his performances when the team have been struggling.

The former Toffees man has been in-and-out of the Red Devils team this season under Jose Mourinho.

He was initially fielded as a midfield partner to Paul Pogba before being dropped, but Fellaini was reinstated to the starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.

Giggs has stated that Moyes was under pressure to add new faces to the Old Trafford contingent upon replacing Sir Alex Ferguson and the acquisition of the Belgian was rushed through.

“I don’t blame David,” BBC Sport quote Giggs as saying.

“United had signed players late in the window before. This time was different. It was more of a panic.”

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