Ryan Giggs has described Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini as a "panic buy".
The 28-year-old was bought by former Red Devils boss David Moyes just over three years ago on transfer deadline day, the club paying Everton £27m for his services.
Giggs, who assisted Moyes during his short spell at Old Trafford, told the Manchester Evening News: "The recruitment in that first summer under David Moyes didn't go to plan.
"Signing Marouane Fellaini so close to the deadline that August, the club's only major deal in a summer when we needed two or three big names, suggested that things were not running smoothly.
"United had signed players late in the window before – Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 springs to mind – but this time was different. This time it was more of a panic."
Fellaini has made 96 appearances for United, scoring 11 goals.