“I just hope he doesn’t play central midfield, I hope he can play up front next to van Persie, as a link up player and goal-scorer.”
Expanding on his point, Berg explained why Fellaini could be a big success in the final third for United and even wondered if the towering Belgian could have the galvanizing effect that Eric Cantona brought to Old Trafford following his transfer from Leeds in 1992.
“I think Fellaini can give United more presence up front, he can help van Persie in terms of link up. I think with his passion and his mentality, he can make a big difference to United.
“He’s not the kind of player to thread passes through. But, he has a sheer presence to hold the ball up, ability to win balls in the box, and match-winning mentality – he raises his game for the big matches.
“Every game for United is a big one, so I think he will rise to that and enjoy it. When Cantona came, he had that mentality every game. I’m not saying he’s going to be the same, but he can be.”
Henning Berg was speaking to MUTV's Thursday Focus programme.