Manchester United's new signing Marouane Fellaini has been backed to succeed at the club by former Red Devil Paddy Crerand.
The Belgian international was United's only deadline day signing for a fee of £27.5 million, which was seen by fans as somewhat of a disappointment following links to players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas during the summer transfer window.
Speaking to MUTV, Crerand however believes the arrival of Fellaini will give United a physical presence in midfield that they haven't had for several years.
He said: "I'm delighted that United have signed Fellaini because one thing that we've lacked at Manchester United in the middle of the park is someone powerful and strong.
"Down the years, we've had some magnificent players in midfield, like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson.
"Now with Fellaini we've got much more power and strength than we had last year, so I think he's a big asset."
Much of United's success in regaining the Premier League title from rivals Manchester City was attributed almost entirely to Robin van Persie, with criticism aimed at the lack of goals coming from midfield.
But the 74-year old Scot, himself a stalwart in the centre of the park back in the 1960's, is confident that void can be filled by the club's newest addition.
"I think he's a threat around the penalty area. When there are free-kicks and corners around the box, he's going to be a big, big threat," said Crerand.
He added: "His height and strength could be big factors for us, but I'm not taking anything away from his ability either. I think he's also a very good footballer."
Fellaini could make his debut when United entertain Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this coming weekend.
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