Marouane Fellaini couldn’t hide his happiness at coming through his Manchester United debut unscathed in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
The big Belgian replaced Anderson in the second half and showed no signs of nerve in a calm and composed debut that showed he was more than ready to play football on the biggest stage at Old Trafford.
“I’m happy to make my start at Old Trafford with the crowd and supporters,” he told MUTV after the full time whistle.
“It is a fantastic debut. We won it which was the most important thing.
“I was both nervous and excited. I thought I needed to play my game and I did.
“I want to thank the supporters. It is good for me that they help me. With time, I will give my all for the club and my teammates.
“I need time to feel at home. My team-mates are good with me and talk with me a lot. I am happy to be here.”
Fellaini’s impressive debut has filled United fans with confidence that he can be a great player this season as he completed 89% of his passes and almost bagged a goal on his debut.
Looking forward to United’s Champions League campaign, Fellaini admitted he was excited to play in Europe’s finest competition this season. He added: “It is always a good win, hard or easy.
“Manchester United want to win every game so it is good for the confidence for the next game in the Champions League.
“Of course. I have never played the Champions League so it is my first time. I hope the team wins the game and I am looking forward to Tuesday.”
As Fellaini didn’t play a full 90 minutes against Palace, it hints that he may be in line to start on Tuesday when Bayer Leverkusen visit Old Trafford to kick off this season’s Champions League and if Fellaini can play as well as he did against Palace, he should have no problems adapting to European football.