Michael Carrick praises Fellaini performance

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has praised new arrival Marouane Fellaini after the two paired up for the first time in Tuesday evening's Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.

The Belgium international was playing his first match in the competition after his deadline-move from Everton to Manchester for £27.5 million.

It was an impressive debut for the 25-year-old as United ran out 4-2 winners at Old Trafford in their opening Group A game of the campaign.

And Carrick was impressed with his central-midfield partner believing he presents a new option within the side.

"It was good to play with him. He’s a real presence in there," the England international told MUTV.

"You could see tonight that he’s such a dominant player and he gives us something that we haven’t had and that’s exactly what you want – options in the squad.

"Sometimes you want to play different ways and he gives us that option. There’s no point in having similar players.

"He’s fitted in well and settled in great. He’s a top player and we want as many of those that we can get." 

In new manager David Moyes' first experience of Champions League football, goals from Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia and two from Wayne Rooney - taking him to 200 for the club - saw off the German side.

After questions over his moves in the transfer window and a shaky start to the league campaign Moyes saw arguably his side's best performance of the season, with Rooney especially impressive.

And Carrick sees it as the perfect preparation ahead of a visit to local rivals Manchester City in the league on Sunday.

"Tonight gives us a lot of confidence going into Sunday. As a package it was a polished all-round performance," added the 32-year-old.

"We’ve had a stop-start beginning to the season and people have been asking questions as normal.

"Tonight we got a good performance and result. We really meant business, we knew how important it was to get the result and thankfully we did that."

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