Michael Carrick has welcomed the competition of Marouane Fellaini at Manchester United.

The Belgian international signed for the Red Devils on deadline day and Carrick believes the increased competition can only benefit the side.

Carrick was one of United's key performers last season as the Red Devils won a 20th Premier League title and has insisted that his mind-set will not be changed now Fellaini has been recruited.

On the competition of Fellaini, the England international told reporters: ‘It’s something I welcome.

"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."

Carrick could team up with Fellaini for the first time on September 14 as United host Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and United David Moyes' side will be looking to put their recent 1-0 defeat to Liverpool behind them.

Carrick is currently away with England as they prepare for two key World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Fellaini is also away on international duty with Belgium and Moyes will be hoping the pair return to Old Trafford fully fit.

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