With all the international action over the past week, plenty of big name signings have now returned to their new teams after making moves on transfer deadline day.
One of those players is Manchester United’s new midfielder Marouane Fellaini and 25-year-old Belgian international finally spoke to the press for the first time on Friday since his move from Everton.
United’s new signing is delighted to have joined the Red Devils and can’t wait to take the next step on his career after excelling at Everton over the last five seasons.
“I came here to win trophies. For me, it’s a dream to join the biggest club in the world,” Fellaini said. “I need to work hard for my place – there are a lot of good players. I need to show my ability, I’ll keep focused. I want to help the team and give everything. I know the manager and the quality of the players here, it’s good for me to help me play well here.”
Saturday could see Fellaini make his United debut as Crystal Palace roll into Old Trafford ready to feel the wrath of a wounded United side following their defeat to fierce rivals Liverpool last time out. In Friday’s press conference David Moyes was also present and spoke about United’s failed attempt to grab both Leighton Baines and Fellaini from former club Everton
In the end, Fellaini was Moyes’ top target and United finally got their man on deadline day.
And the $42 million signing from Everton is adamant he can bring something different to United’s midfield and wants to repay the faith shown in him by his long-time boss Moyes.
“I will prove myself on the pitch. Some people don’t like my qualities, but I don’t care,” Fellaini said. “The manager, staff and players here know me. The manager gave me confidence [when he signed him at Everton]. I didn’t know anyone, but he helped me.”
Fellaini is likely to slot into the United side ahead of Tom Cleverley or Michael Carrick with the lanky attacking midfielder able to give United something completely different as they aim to kick on from a mixed set of results to start off the league campaign. His style of play is aggressive and he can get stuck in, win balls in the air and grab crucial goals that will be vital to Manchester Untied across all competitions.
One thing is for certain, having Fellaini around will help Moyes in trying to force his own brand of soccer on United’s current players and help with the transition from the Sir Alex Ferguson era. With his signature Afro haircut and highly-competitive attitude on the pitch, there’s no doubt that United’s fans will take a shine to their marquee summer signing.
Because the big Belgian is hell-bent on winning trophies.