Carrick welcomes the competition Fellaini brings to Man Utd
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has welcomed the competition he will face for his spot in the first-team following the arrival of Marouane Fellaini from Everton. David Moyes managed to grab a deal for the Belgian midfielder during the last moments of the transfer deadline after a summer full of disappointing transfer campaigns.
The Old Trafford boss paid his former club, Everton, £27.5 million to secure the services of the 25-year-old Belgium international. Moyes has been in search for a central midfielder all season. Fellaini was the Scotsman’s immediate choice, but Everton’s reluctance to sell Fellaini extended the transfer saga till the last hour.
Carrick, who was one of the first players on the sheet for Manchester United last season, started in 34 Premier League games for the club last season. The England international also became a voted member of the PFA Team of the Year. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is enjoying a central role in Manchester United’s midfield once again this season, but the arrival of Fellaini could change that.
“It's something I welcome,” said Carrick during a press conference while on international duty. “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.”
Fellaini, who is Manchester United’s fifth most expensive player, has won a lot of praise from Moyes. However, it is still not clear what role the versatile midfielder will be given at Manchester United. Anyway, Fellaini is expected to give Carrick a run for the first-team spot in the upcoming days.
Carrick admits he needs to remain in focus and improve his form further to cement his place in the first-team. Carrick also commented on the absence of compatriot and Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney. The 32-year-old insists Rooney would have donned a Three Lions jersey and eagerly stepped on to the field if he hadn’t been badly injured.
Rooney suffered a deep cut on his forehead in training before the game against Liverpool. The boot of teammate Phil Jones was responsible for the injury that will keep Rooney on the sidelines for the next three weeks.
“If there was a way of playing he would,” Carrick added. “It is easy for people to look at the past and compare with what has gone on but every situation is different. It was a bad cut. It wasn’t nice to see. It is unfortunate but it is something that we will deal with.”