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The champions' deadline-day signing is hoping to make a big impact at Old Trafford and says he can play in a defensive role or further forward under David Moyes

New Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini says he is hoping to emulate former captain Roy Keane during his stay at Old Trafford.

The Belgium international moved from Everton to the Premier League champions on deadline day and is set to make his debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Fellaini is the first central midfielder to sign for United since Owen Hargreaves moved to Old Trafford in 2007, and says he is hopeful he can make a significant impact with David Moyes's side.

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"[Roy] Keane was an aggressive player and maybe I can do this as well," he told reporters. "I can win the ball, clear it and play clean, so I look forward to it.

"In the past here you have had Keane, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. I will do my best.

"But there are a lot of good players in the club, so I need to work hard. I want to help the team and I will give everything.

"I will play defensively, but if I can help the team further forward, then I will do that."

Meanwhile, manager David Moyes said the midfielder’s versatility will prove a big asset to the champions and says he will feature in differing role over the course of the season.

"We knew it was an area of the field where we needed to strengthen and we wanted to bring in a central midfielder," he said.

"With Marouane able to play further on as well, he can give us different options. You can’t dismiss his technical ability and his physical presence.

"We have a lot of games coming up, a busy schedule, and I want him to play him different places in different games."

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