The 32-year-old feels that fighting for places and increased competition is a great thing for Manchester United to have in all positions as it will make sure that everyone is playing at the top of their game to try and force their way into David Moyes’ team.
“It’s something I welcome,” he said. “The more top-quality players you have in your squad, whether it’s in my position or not, the better it is for the team.
“It’s not a case of me thinking, ‘I might not be in the team’. I will still have to play well to be in it, regardless.”
Last year, Alexander Buttner’s arrival helped Patrice Evra re-find his form and Fellaini’s arrival may do the same for United’s midfielders.
He will represent a real alternative to Carrick which means that he won’t have to play every single game and could be rested occasionally. Last year, Carrick had to be used for almost all of United’s games because there wasn’t a viable alternative after Darren Fletcher had to undergo surgery.
As for Cleverley and Anderson, they will both understand that Fellaini’s move to Old Trafford will mean they have to improve their performances to show Moyes they deserve minutes on the pitch.
Although fans have bemoaned United’s approach on transfer deadline day, for the first time since 2007 the club has bought a central midfielder in Fellaini and while missing out on Herrera was a mistake, the Belgian could have a massive impact at Old Trafford this season.