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The plan throughout was to draft in a playmaker, the player to provide further ammunition for the already lethal Robin van Persie. The player to complete the United jigsaw.
Instead, they ended up with Fellaini who, at least judging by his and Moyes' opening exchanges with the media, was the primary target for the club, despite some of their more glaring deficiencies.
United needed a Thiago, a Cesc Fabregas or an Ander Herrera but Moyes seemed more than confident he had recruited the right man for the job.
In light of Paul Scholes' retirement and amid the continual concerns regarding Darren Fletcher's health, Moyes stood firm in his assertion that Fellaini is ready to plug multiple gaps, dispelling suggestions that he may be lacking a creative edge to his game.
Moyes, on combative form, argued: "You can't dismiss his technical ability and his physical presence.
"He is very noticeable for many reasons, obviously his size, but he's someone who can play several roles and I needed that.
"There are a lot of games coming up and I want to be able to play in different ways in different games."
Holding his new No.31 shirt aloft, the rangy midfielder seemed in a daze, a "dream" as he later explained, at belonging to one of the most successful clubs in world football.
Moyes was intent to sing the praises of a player he rates as Belgium's best from the get-go, rather than face the anticipated interrogation of United's shortcomings in the transfer market over the summer months.
At one point, a United press officer stepped in to quell any questions relating to the window itself and made it clear the focus would not be detracted from Fellaini. It was his day, after all.
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"Of course Manchester United wanted the big players," he revealed.
"On the pitch I will show this [technical ability]. Of course in football you have some people that like my quality and [some that] don't like my quality. I don't care about this."
And the man who matters, the manager of Manchester United, believes in that quality. That much was obvious from Moyes' determination to get his man on deadline day, coupled with Fellaini's eagerness to link up with the Premier League champions after reaching out directly to Roberto Martinez with a transfer request in a bid to leave Everton.
So as Moyes and his new man exited left, Fellaini's United introduction was not quite the parade of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, but, like the Germany international, he means business.
While the afro-sporting towering Belgian is not Fabregas, Luka Modric, Wesley Sneijder or any of the other creative midfield targets United have missed out on over the years, he is still capable of making a difference at Old Trafford and will relish proving the doubters wrong.
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