David Moyes has admitted he would have liked to ease Marouane Fellaini into the Manchester United first-team slower than he did.

The Belgian international joined United for £27.5m on transfer deadline day, and despite a disrupted pre-season, Fellaini was forced into a prominent role in the Old Trafford midfield from almost his first day at the club.

He's made eight appearances already this season, but has struggled with a wrist injury and a lack of match sharpness.

And Moyes has said he regrets having to thrust Fellaini into first-team action so soon after his arrival.

"I didn't think Marouane started slowly but when I had watched him playing I thought he looked a little bit behind," Moyes said as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

"We had to put him in a bit earlier than I'd have liked. My plan was to put him in much slower and bring him on and give him a chance to settle in but we put him in early because we needed it and I didn't think he was quite ready."

Fellaini started against Real Sociedad in the 0-0 Champions League draw in mid-week but was sent off after receiving in second yellow card in the 90th minute.