Marouane Fellaini has struggled to make his mark since joining Manchester United, but he remains confident he will be a success at his new club.
The Belgian international first arrived in England when Everton took him from Standard Liege in the summer of 2008, for a club record £15million. Having shown he is more than capable of impressing in the Premier League, David Moyes took him from Goodison Park to Old Trafford upon succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer.
Fellaini has so far failed to live up to his £27.5million price tag, as United struggle to keep pace with the leading pack. However, the 25-year-old has won over his doubters in the past, and he is confident he will emerge from the shadows of the likes of Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes to become a success in Manchester in his own right.
“I was criticised, nobody knew who I was,” said the midfielder as he remembered his early days in England. “I succeeded because I worked a lot. That’s why I’m playing for Manchester United today. [I am not trying to] replace Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick or anyone. I try to play my own game. It is difficult at the moment, but I will succeed.”
Fellaini, who was a constant thorn in United’s side whilst he wore the blue of his former club, has made just four Premier League appearances for the Reds, of which two have come from the substitute bench. He has also played twice in the UEFA Champions League, but will not be involved against Norwich City in the League Cup as he is cup-tied.