Marouane Fellaini can be Man United’s Yaya Toure, claims Red Devils legend

Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand praises the Red Devils' decision to buy Marouane Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini scored 11 Premier League goals last season Photo: EA Sports, via Flickr

Marouane Fellaini can be Manchester United’s Yaya Toure, according to Red Devils legend Paddy Crerand.

The Belgium international completed a £27.5m move to the reigning Premier League champions from Everton on deadline day as David Moyes finally landed a big-name signing.

Fellaini, who is 6ft 4ins, has developed a reputation as a hard-tackling but goal-scoring midfielder during his five seasons at the Toffees.

And former United midfielder Crerand believes Fellaini can emulate club legends Roy Keane and Bryan Robson.

“I’m delighted United have signed Marouane Fellaini and I think most fans should be too, because the one thing we’ve lacked at Manchester United in the middle of the park is
somebody powerful and strong,” Crerand told United’s website.

“I wouldn’t want [Manchester City’s Yaya] Toure playing against me; a big powerful guy, hard to compete with. We’ve got one of our own now.”

He added: “Down the years, we’ve had some magnificent players in midfield, like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson. And now, with Fellaini, we’ve got much more power and strength than we had last year, so I think he’s a big asset.

“I think he’s a threat around the penalty area. When there are free-kicks and corner kicks around the box, he’s going to be a big, big threat. And, every time a ball comes into our defensive area, he’s going to be a good player to have there as well.

“I think his height and strength could be big factors for us. But I’m not taking anything away from his [technical] ability either, I think he’s also a very good footballer.”

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