New Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini says he wants to emulate former Old Trafford captain Roy Keane.
Fellaini is set for his United debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday after completing a ?27.5m move in the final hours of the transfer window.
“Keane was an aggressive player who could win every ball. Maybe I can do this as well,” said the 25-year-old Belgian, who joined from Everton.
“I can win the ball. I can clear the ball. I can play clean.”
Former Republic of Ireland skipper Keane, who played for United from 1993 to 2005, was the driving force behind the Red Devils as they won seven Premier League titles in his spell at the club.
The defensive midfielder, now 42, also helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s men win one Champions League, four FA Cups, four Community Shields and one Intercontinental Cup.
Fellaini often played in an advanced midfield role under new United boss David Moyes at Everton, but now wants the Scot to play him in a deeper position like Keane.
“The manager must decide where I play but I want to play defensive midfield,” he said.
Moyes said he will check on the “risk” of playing Wayne Rooney, following a recent head injury, in the Premier League home clash against newly promoted Palace.
Rooney, 27, missed the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool and England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after suffering a nasty gash on his forehead in a training ground collision with team-mate Phil Jones.
“He is in great physical shape,” said Moyes. “Obviously he has a cut right in the middle of his forehead which could split because the skin is very thin.
“But he has had his stitches out and it has knitted. We just have to see where the level of risk is with his injury.”