Marouane Fellaini tipped to be the new Eric Cantona

Marouane Fellaini tipped to be the new Eric Cantona

Marouane Fellaini can be Manchester United’s new Eric Cantona and create a cult legend of his own according to  former defender Henning Berg.

The 25-year-old will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders because he was David Moyes’ only first team signing this summer but Berg, who was at the club for three years between 1997-2000, has lavished the highest comparison on him by saying he has the mentality to match Cantona.

“He’s got great potential and if he’s consistent with his best level, he will be a fantastic signing,” Berg said.

“He can play so many different positions, he’s a good footballer but there’s something about him.

“He can get players around him, he can control and dominate games and I think United have too few players who can do that – that’s why I think he will be a great signing.

“When Cantona came, he had that mentality every game. I’m not saying he’s going to be the same, but he can be.”

“He’s very difficult to handle in the box, but he’s got that presence and that mentality that makes sure he stands out and does that little bit extra.

“I think with his passion and his mentality, he can make a big difference to United.”

The 25-year old could make his debut for United against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this Saturday after the international break and Berg pointed toward his ability to  raise his game for big matches as one of his strongest assets.

Berg continued: “He’s not the kind of player to thread passes through but he has a sheer presence to hold the ball up, ability to win balls in the box and match-winning mentality – he raises his game for the big matches.

“Every game for United is a big one, so I think he will rise to that and enjoy it.

“When Cantona came, he had that mentality every game. I’m not saying he’s going to be the same, but he can be.”

Comparisons to Cantona are a bit premature but there is no reason why Fellaini cannot make a huge difference to United this season, potentially starting with a debut against Crystal Palace this Saturday.

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