Marouane Fellaini believes that he was unfairly made a scapegoat for Manchester United’s disastrous season last year after being brought to the club by David Moyes from his former club Everton.
The midfielder endured a terrible start to his career at Old Trafford last season after joining for £27.5 million with his performances not up to the mark as he struggled to find a suitable role in the team.
After Moyes was relieved of his duties at the end of last season, many people thought that it also signalled the end of Fellaini’s United career. But the Belgian has been brilliant this season after the arrival of Louis van Gaal at the club and has established himself as a first choice in United’s midfield.
He said: “Last season we didn’t play well as a team and it was easy for people outside the club to say it was me because the manager brought me with him [from Everton], but that was something I had to deal with.”
“It was a difficult moment because in all my career I hadn’t experienced anything like it. I learnt a lot. I care about what people have to say, of course, but my concern was for my family, my mum and dad and my brothers, because when [critics] are saying bad things about me, it will have been very hard for them.”
Fellaini suggested United were still in the title race ahead of Saturday’s game against Aston Villa and also backed his old mentor Moyes to be a success with his new club Real Sociedad.
He added: “He didn’t have luck when he was in charge at United. But that doesn’t change the fact he has the quality to succeed.”
“In some ways it is too early to talk about the title because we are still building and it is only December, but we are winning matches consistently again and when that happens your belief grows.”
“At the very least we have to be in the top four; we must do that. I wanted this challenge.”