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Manchester United legend not keen on Fellaini comparisons

Marouane Fellaini announced in his first press conference as a Manchester United player that he hopes to become the club's new Roy Keane, although the latter was left somewhat embarrassed by the assertion.

Fellaini joined the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day after months of frustration in the market for David Moyes, and provides the club with the tenacious midfield influence they apparently craved.

The Belgian's combative nature and ability to drive forward led to comparisons with Keane and Fellaini has himself fuelled these further since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Keane, though, was not willing to be drawn into making similarities between himself and Fellaini when asked about the subject before Manchester United's victory against Bayern Leverkusen on Tuesday.

After initially swerving the comparison, the former Manchester United captain told ITV Sport: "He's a top player as it is and I think it's a great move for him. I'm delight to see him playing tonight.

"I think United have lacked that over the last few years - that physical presence."

Fellaini played for 81 minutes against Bayer Leverkusen before he was replaced by Tom Cleverley, while Manchester United ran out convincing 4-2 winners against the Germans.

Wayne Rooney scored his 199th and 200th goals for the club, while Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia also found the net.

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