Man United’s Michael Carrick relishing Marouane Fellaini rivalry

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick insists he welcomes competition from new signing Marouane Fellaini

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick has welcomed increased competition for places at Manchester United following Marouane Fellaini’s deadline day arrival.

The Belgium international agreed a long-term deal with the Premier League champions after sealing a £27.5m move to the Red Devils from Everton on Monday night.

Fellaini proved equally adept in a defensive midfield role or playing further up the pitch as playmaker under David Moyes during the Scot’s Toffees reign.

It means Carrick, who is part of England’s squad to face Moldova on Friday, has a new rival for the holding role in United’s starting line-up this season.

But the 31-year-old is just happy the Red Devils have been able to sign a “quality” player and is unfazed by Fellaini’s signing.

“It’s something I welcome,” Carrick is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.

“The more top quality players you have in your squad, whether it’s in my position or not, the better it is for the team.

“It’s not a case of me thinking ‘I might not be in the team’, I will still have to play well to be in it regardless.”

Carrick enjoyed one of his best seasons in a United shirt last term, earning a nomination for the PFA player of the year award in April.

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