Manchester United signing targets defensive midfield role

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Marouane Fellaini wants to become Manchester United's midfield enforcer, the Belgium international has hinted in his first press conference since signing for the Red Devils.

The 25-year-old, who spent five years at Everton before reuniting with former manager David Moyes at Old Trafford earlier this month, has his sights set on becoming the new Roy Keane after completing his £27.5 move.

"Roy Keane was a fantastic player who won every ball," he told reporters. "Maybe I can do it as well."

Fellaini expressed his delight at finally becoming a Manchester United player – hailing the Premier League champions as "the biggest club in the world".

"Sometimes I thought there was no chance [of the transfer happening] but in the end I was so happy to join United," the Belgian added. "I came here to win trophies. For me it's a dream to join the biggest club in the world.

"I need to work hard for my place - there are a lot of good players here. I need to show my ability. I'll keep focused."

Despite his preference for playing as a holding midfielder, Fellaini revealed that he will be more than happy to push forward and help the Red Devils' in an attacking sense if asked.

"I can play defensive or attacking - whatever helps the team," he continued. "The most important thing is to win the game."

Fellaini also admitted that he has slightly struggled with the pace of his first training sessions at Carrington.

"I have no problem with the new players but I've had a small problem with the intensity of training - it's a step up from Everton," he revealed. "United are a big team with big players but Everton were a great team too. The difference is United have won trophies."

Fellaini could make his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime.

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