Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has insisted he is not a dirty player after he was labelled as a thug by former referee Howard Webb.
The Belgian international was accused of elbowing Emre Can in the face during his side’s Europa League last-16 tie against Liverpool and was then criticised after he caught Dejan Lovren with a elbow in the return leg on Thursday.
Fellaini escaped punishment and did not face any retrospective action after being investigated by UEFA over elbow incident with the Liverpool midfielder.
He claims he may be physical at times but never intends to injure any other players. Speaking on Football Focus, Fellaini said: “I don’t want to elbow someone, I just defend myself. I am physical. I like to win my challenge. That’s English football as well, but I am not a dirty player.”
Whatever way Fellaini wants to put it, he’s a dirty player. All Man United supporters are accurately aware of it and so are opposition fans – it’s what he is famous for and that’s not without reason.
For me, Fellaini symbolises and embodies our fall from grace over the last three years. His ugly style of play and everything that comes with it encapsulates everything I don’t like about United at the moment.
The sooner her is out of our starting XI and out of our club altogether the better.