Manchester United assistant manager Steve Round believes Marouane Fellaini has all the attributes to be a success at Old Trafford.
The Belgian moved to Old Trafford on deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window, and has previously worked with Round and David Moyes during his five-year spell at Everton.
It’s that stint on Merseyside which makes Round believe the powerful midfielder can be a huge success for the Red Devils.
“He will add some real physical presence to us in midfield, some strength, and he scores goals. He’s a player that will get regular double figures, and he is maybe a player that we didn’t really have in the middle of that midfield,” Round told MUTV.
“We have some very good footballers – Michael Carrick is an unbelievably good passer, Tom Cleverley is busy, lively and links play, Anderson will drive forward with the ball, dribble and create.
“Maybe we needed that bit of presence and authority that can sit in the middle of the pitch and dominate a game from that perspective. It gives a nice blend and balance to mix the midfield up.”
The Manchester United assistant is also confident that Fellaini will settle quickly to life with the Premier League champions, and has the character and self-belief to succeed at a club the size of Manchester United.
“He’s a very strong character, with very good self-belief. It won’t daunt him to play at this level and he is mentally very tough,” added Round.
“When a player comes to Manchester United, they have to have the correct mentality to survive here. It’s not enough to be good every so often, you have got to be good every minute of every day.
“Ryan Giggs has said it’s not enough to be good in training, you’ve got to be good with every pass. Not every so often but every pass. Marouane will rise to that, he’ll love that challenge.”
Fellaini could get his first chance to shine for United this weekend, when newly-promoted Crystal Palace make the trip to Old Trafford.
And, the 25-year-old can expect to receive a warm welcome at his new home, with supporters expected to wear wigs that resemble the former Standard Liege star’s afro.