London – Manchester United new-boy Marouane Fellaini has set his sights on winning the Premier League title following his £27 million ($42 million, 32 million euros) move to Old Trafford.
Fellaini joined United from Everton just before the transfer window closed on Monday and the Belgium midfielder can't wait to get started with the champions.
The 25-year-old, reunited with his former Everton boss David Moyes at Old Trafford, is United's only major signing since the end of last season, while the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all spent big money improving their squads.
But, after helping Belgium to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland in Glasgow on Friday, Fellaini insisted United are more than capable of retaining the title.
“It is a big step for me,” he said. “But I have played five years in England, I know the league and I know the players so I don't think I will have a problem with this move.
“Of course I look forward to it, I am playing with big players so I need to work hard for my place.
“To win a trophy with Manchester United and play a lot of games, that is important.
“I watched the game (against Liverpool) and in the second half the team played very well and had a lot of chances but couldn't score, but football is like this.
“It will be tough, every year is tough for the big teams but I think Manchester United has the quality to win the championship so I look forward to this.”
Fellaini, set to make his United debut against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford next Saturday, admitted his transfer and Belgium's victory at Hampden Park made it a “great week” as his country took a massive step towards qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil next years.
“When I started the campaign with Everton I looked forward to the transfer so in the end I was happy,” he said.
“I was a little bit nervous on Monday but in the end I have my transfer and I have won with Belgium so I am happy.
“It wasn't my best game but we won and it was a good game for us.
“We scored in the first half and dominated the game and that was important.” – Sapa-AFP