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14/09/2013 06:44, Report by B Hibbs & N Coppack

Marouane made for United

Ryan Giggs is confident that Marouane Fellaini will settle straight into life at Old Trafford following his transfer deadline day move from Everton, adding that the towering Belgian brings vital qualities to United's midfield.

Fellaini made his last-minute switch from Goodison to Old Trafford and Giggs says that his desire to join the Reds is also a promising sign of the commitment and dedication he will bring to making a success of his United career.

"Marouane is proven in the Premier League so he doesn't need any bedding-in time when it comes to learning the English game," Giggs told United Uncovered, the club's official email newsletter. "That's a big positive. He brings us strength, height at set-pieces and goals from midfield.

"He was really keen to join us and that's always a great quality: when a player is desperate to play for United they're usually determined to make the most of it when they're given that chance. I have no doubt he'll enjoy himself here, playing in the Champions League, playing in the big games."

The Reds are well aware of the threat of facing Fellaini. His height and physical presence are major assets, but that perhaps undersells his qualities with the ball at his feet. "He's the sort of player you want on your side rather than playing against us," adds the Welshman. "He's caused us a few problems in the past and last season he scored goals against us, Arsenal and Manchester City... so he has what it takes to perform in the big games.

"He was someone who always warranted a mention in our team-talks when we played Everton. In the 4-4 draw at Old Trafford in April 2012 he was a real handful and scored against us again on the opening day of last season, so he was definitely someone we focused on when we played Everton. Hopefully that will work in our favour now and other teams will focus on Marouane, leaving somebody else with a bit more room to play."

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