Fellaini: I want to play as a defensive midfielder

by Sam Peoples

Marouane Fellaini has admitted that he would like to play as a defensive midfielder for Manchester United this season.

The 25-year-old was officially unveiled as a United player in today’s press conference ahead of Crystal Palace’s visit to Old Trafford tomorrow and speaking to the press, Fellaini revealed that playing in a deeper role is where he would like David Moyes to use him this season.

“I want to play as a defensive midfielder,” he said.

“If I can help the team going forward I will.”

Given how far up the pitch Fellaini played in his time at Everton, many fans believed that Moyes would adopt a similar approach with Fellaini at Old Trafford but Fellaini wants to mould himself into a central midfielder rather than an attacking one.

Alongside Carrick, it could create the midfield pairing that United have craved for years but his versatility going forward is also another great asset, something Moyes admitted was a big factor in bringing him to the club.

“Fellaini can do several different jobs, score goals and is effective in different areas,” Moyes said.

“I hope he can continue to improve.”

When questioned about whether he felt that United’s failed bids to sign the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera had mentally effected him, Fellaini brushed off that they had any significance for him.

He said: “Of course United want big players [Cesc]. I want to stay fit and the that is the most important thing for me.

“I need to work hard for my place as there is a lot of good players in the club.”

Fellaini is in line to start against Crystal Palace tomorrow to make his debut for the club and looking at the season ahead, the Belgian has only got one thing on his mind.

“It’s a dream to join the biggest club in the world. My objective is to win a trophy. That’s why I play football and at United I have a big chance of that.”

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