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I'm treated like a murderer, says Marouane Fellaini

Published in England Premier League
Friday, 29 December 2017 09:39

Marouane Fellaini says he thinks he has been treated like a "murderer" during his time in England - and is unsure whether he will stay at Manchester United.

"They have labelled me an aggressive player, a murderer," he told Belgian website HUMO. "Look, I'm fanatical. The team that wants it the hardest wins but there have been times when I came out as the villain.
"What should I do if they pull me by the hair? It sounds like a joke, but it really hurts.

"Last season I was suspended after the derby against City for a headbutt against [Sergio] Aguero. He stepped towards me and then dropped dead. But, no, I get the red.

"Players often try to provoke me but do you know how many yellow cards I collected last season? Four, in 45 matches. I've never destroyed someone's career."
United triggered a one-year extension in the 30-year-old's contract at the start of the year, but agreeing a deal beyond the end of the current campaign is proving difficult.

"They made a proposal, probably another will follow. Whether I will accept it, I do not know. We will see. You cannot arrange something like that in a jiffy," Fellaini added.

"If Manchester did not want me anymore, they would have said that for a long time."
Fellaini can begin talks with clubs when the January transfer window opens and could leave for nothing when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

The Belgian international has discussed his situation with Mourinho but does not expect it to affect his relationship with the manager.

"We talked about it. The coach is someone who respects the decisions of his players," he said.

Fellaini, who has played nine league games and scored three goals this season, is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Marouane Fellaini faces fortnight out with knee injury

Published in World Cup
Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:13

Manchester United's midfield injury concerns deepened on Saturday when in-form Belgian Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury on international duty which will keep him away from the field for a couple of weeks.

The combative Fellaini has been pivotal to United's unbeaten start to the season but lasted just 29 minutes of a World Cup qualifier against Bosnia in Sarajevo before limping off after landing awkwardly on his knee.

Although the 29-year-old left the Grbavica Stadium without the use of crutches following Belgium's 4-3 win, coach Roberto Martinez offered a sombre assessment of the player's condition.
"We are all worried about Fellaini," Martinez told reporters. "We fear that there's ligament damage."
The Belgian FA said on Sunday Fellaini "will be out for a couple of weeks with a left knee injury" after the player underwent an MRI scan.

The injury comes a week before United's clash with Liverpool on Oct. 14.

United manager Jose Mourinho had voiced concerns over how the international break could stall his side's momentum ahead of next Saturday's high-profile clash at Anfield and a mounting injury list will only dampen his mood.

Record signing Paul Pogba is absent after picking up a hamstring injury against Basel in the Champions League last month and Michael Carrick, who has played just once this season, is also a major doubt for the Liverpool match.
After amassing 19 points from seven league games, United are second in the standings below neighbours Manchester City on goal difference.

Marouane Fellaini stars as Manchester United beat FC Basel on return to top table

Published in Champions League
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:40

Champions League Group A, Old Trafford – Manchester United 3 (Fellaini 35, Lukaku 53, Rashford 84) FC Basel 0.

After 658 days out of the competition, Manchester United eased to a comfortable win over a limited Basel side to get their Champions League campaign off to a decent start. Harder challenges lie ahead, and the hamstring injury suffered by Paul Pogba is inconvenient, but they will be happy with their night’s work nonetheless.

United created a number of presentable chances in the first half, Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing one fine opening and one remarkably easy one, but they eventually took the lead on 35 minutes when Marouane Fellaini, on for Pogba who seemed to pull a hamstring, headed home from close range.
Basel actually started the second half the stronger, but on 53 minutes, Daley Blind curled in a cross following a short corner, and Romelu Lukaku did the rest, marking his competition debut with a goal. United relaxed thereafter, before, six minutes from time, Marcus Rashford, another sub, scored his obligatory debut goal; he has now bothered the onion bag in his first Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, League Cup and international appearances.

TALKING POINT

How can United defend better? Though United have conceded just once in five matches this season, they have not looked entirely secure at the back. Just before they scored, Basel missed a good chance and created two or three others too; and they were a team not especially committed to attack. Mourinho will doubtless be aware of this – it is just surprising he has not resolved the matter already, though the numbers might suggest to the contrary.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Made light of Paul Pogba's absence, and there can be few higher compliments. Scored one goal, made another, and generally bossed the midfield.
PLAYER RATINGS

Manchester United: De Gea 6, Young 7, Lindelof 6, Smalling 6, Blind 6, Matic 6, Pogba 6, Mkhitaryan 7, Mata 5, Lukaku 6, Martial 7. Subs: Fellaini 8, Lingard 6, Rashford 7.

Basel: Vaclik 7, Akanji 6, Suchy 6, Balanta 6, Lang 5, Xhaka 5, Zuffi 5, Riveros 5, Steffen 5, Van wolfswinkel 5, Elyounoussi 6. Subs: Bua 5, Oberlin 6.

KEY MOMENTS


13’ - Lindelof lofts a lovely ball into Lukaku who shows and controls beautifully, moving to the right then laying infield for Martial. He scoops a delicious pass over the top for Mata, whose cross picks out Mkhitaryan ... only for him to head over the bar! That was superb from United, and they should now be ahead.

22’ - MAGICAL MISS MKHITARYAN! Lovely again from United, Mata finding Lukaku on the right of the box, and he drags the ball down the outside of Riveros very nicely, before squaring ... all Mkhitaryan needs to do is tap home, but somehow he bumps it against the post! He has another shy from the rebound, but can only loop that into Vaclik's arms.

34’ - Riveros swings in a cross from the left and Van Wolfswinkel bodies it down for Zuffi who, ten yards out, lashes well wide. That was a profoundly presentable chance.

35’ - GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Basel (Fellaini) You know tha koo! Mkhitaryan drags back and switches play nicely for Young, who dips inside on his left before nudging back onto his right, sorting Lang and Akanji at the same time. He then swings over a cross and Fellaini heads home firmly. Penny for them, Zuffi old mate.
38’ - Great ball curled in by Xhaka, and Elyounoussi is on the end of it! But he can only send a tame header into the turf, and De Gea fields easily.

53’ - GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Basel (Lukaku) United take the corner short, Blind to Mata, and when Blind takes the return he stands up a cross which Lukaku, outjumping Balanta, powers home.

84’ - GOAL! Manchester United 3-0 Basel (Rashford) What a ridiculous child Marcus Rashford is. Lingard moves down the right and finds Lukaku inside him; he slips ahead for Fellaini, the best player on the pitch tonight. Fellaini hits the line(!), crosses, and the ball misses Mkhitaryan and Suchy before Rashford, opening his body, sidefoots into the ground and high into the net for yet an other debut goal.
KEY STATS

Marcus Rashford has scored on Premier League, Europa League, Champions League, League Cup and England debuts.
Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of his five Manchester United games so far.

The Warm-Up: Marouane Fellaini ends his Manchester United career in 19 seconds

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:27

Marouane Fellaini managed to get a booking and then a read card for head-butting Sergio Aguero in Thursday night's derby between Manchester United and Manchester City in the time it took you to read this sentence (well, almost).

The bigger they come, the harder they Fell

Praise be for Marouane Fellaini. Only 19 seconds of last night's Manchester derby was anywhere near remotely entertaining and it was all thanks to him as, in one sensational passage of play, Fellaini was booked for a foul on Sergio Aguero, immediately chased after the striker and tripped him following the restart, and then head-butted the City man for good measure.
“Marouane says that it’s a red card because it’s Marouane," said Jose Mourinho. "He is frustrated. He says that with another player it would probably not be a red card." Which is true, based on the fact that The Warm-Up cannot conceive of another player doing anything so transparently ridiculous.

Otherwise it was a pretty horrendous game. Mourinho didn't so much park the bus as deliver a whole fleet of brand new Routemasters and plonk them on City's double yellow lines. It was the kind of night which had people reaching for the words 'Mourinho masterclass', as though having the most expensive squad in football history and playing like West Brom was some kind of masterstroke. The worst unbeaten run in history, now 24 games, continues to underwhelm the world.
Mourinho's cautious, safety-first approach produced nothing of note, so Fellaini's complete abandonment of those principles when he shoved his nutt into Aguero finally gave us all something to talk about. Mostly which club he will be packed off to in the summer. Our money's on Zenit St Petersburg.

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