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Manchester United boss lauds Fellaini

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has praised summer signing Marouane Fellaini ahead of the former Everton midfielder's debut.

Felaini sealed a deadline day move to Old Trafford and is expected to start for the Premier League champions against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Moyes revealed at Fellaini's unveiling that he was 'desperate' to sign the Belgium powerhouse.

"Marouane is someone who can play several roles and I needed that," said Moyes.

"We knew it was an area of the field where we felt we had to strengthen, with another central midfield player.

"With Marouane being able to play a bit further on, it's given us different alternatives at different times as well."

Moyes also believes Fellaini is the pick of the bunch among Belgium's crop of rising stars - which includes the likes of Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku.

"I think he has matured as well. Every time I go and see Belgium, I always come away thinking he is their best player," added Moyes.

"He has always been incredibly focused. He trains hard every day.

"He was desperate to join Manchester United. He knew this was a big opportunity for him and he wasn't going to let it go amiss."

Moyes will be looking for his first home win as Manchester United manager after he saw his side lose to Sevilla in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial and claim a point against Chelsea.

Palace on the other hand, go into the game at Old Trafford on the back of an impressive 3-1 win against Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland.

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