By FOX SPORTS staff
Red Devils manager David Moyes awarded new signing Fellaini his first start as a Manchester United player in the club's Champions League opener against Bayer Leverkusen, where the Belgian occupied a central midfield berth alongside fan favourite Michael Carrick.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Carrick revealed that he felt at ease partnering Fellaini and believed the former Everton man's skills was what United lacked in the previous season.
"It was good to play with him. He’s a real presence in there, you could see tonight [Tuesday] 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," he noted.
"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."
Goalsscorer Robin van Persie also praised Fellaini for doing well on his first start and applauded striking partner Wayne Rooney, who bagged a brace, for his outstanding performance.
"Rooney] played really well. I love to play with him, he has a bit of everything. He can drop, he can go behind, he can play the short game, longer game. I love to play with Wayne, I thought he played really well," he pointed out.
"[Marouane Fellaini] played really solid defensively, he gets a lot of balls back. On the ball he is very confident and tries to play forward so well done to him. [David Moyes] was just doing his normal preparation as he always does. Leverkusen have a decent side, we knew that, we'd watched them on video so we knew what to expect and we did well. It was a good game and when we had the ball we were confident. Everything starts with being confident on the ball and trying to look for that pass to the front."
Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday for a crunch derby clash against title rivals Mancehster City.