Belgium has just become the fourth most expensive player in United’s history.
Manchester United assistant manager Steve Round has backed new Red Devils midfield player Marouane Fellaini to be a huge success at Old Trafford following his recent big-money move to the Premier League champions from Everton, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The highly rated Belgium international arrived in the north west just hours before the summer transfer window slammed shut for business for the year on Monday night in a deal worth a whopping £27.5 million, making the 25-year-old the fourth most expensive player in the club’s history.
However, the giant attacking midfield player’s arrival at the Premier League giants has been met with a lukewarm reaction by many of United’s fans, while it has also been heavily questioned in the media, with many wondering if Fellaini has the necessary qualities needed to be a success at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
Round, though, refutes those criticisms and is adamant that the new signing has all the attributes needed to prove his many doubters wrong, explaining to the Manchester Evening News that: “We wanted someone who could give us strength in the middle of midfield and allow one or two of the others to play.
“Technically, he is excellent. His chest control is arguably one of the best in the world. His feet are really good. He is aggressive, tackles and has great fitness stats.
“He is one of the highest runners in matches. He will regularly do over 12 kilometres a game.
“He doesn’t have the same range of long passing as Michael Carrick, but the way he keeps the ball and his short passing is very good.
“When you are building a squad to compete on all fronts you don’t want every single player to be the same. You want options and differences.
“Marouane can sit in front of the defence, go box to box and drop off the front man.
“He is ready for this step up.”
Fellaini featured in 177 matches in total for Everton in all competitions after being signed by new United head coach David Moyes from Belgium outfit Standard Liege in the summer of 2008 for a club-record fee of £15m, scoring 33 goals in the process at Goodison Park.