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Marouane Fellaini: My goal wasn’t luck

by Tanveer Arayan

Marouane Fellaini has insisted there was no luck involved in his goal in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over West Ham United in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

Fellaini scored Man United’s second goal of the night at Upton Park and there appeared to be an element of fortune to the strike as the ball bounced off the Belgian’s knee and went in following Anthony Martial’s deflected shot.

However, Fellaini was adamant that he meant to flick the ball in following the match.

“My goal was not luck, I wanted to do that,” he said.

“It was an important goal, good for the confidence. We are in the semi-final now and focus on the next game. We will do everything to win the FA Cup. It is an important trophy in England.”

Fellaini, oft-maligned at Old Trafford, did his reputation the world of good with an excellent display against West Ham in difficult circumstances where the majority of fans expected him to play poorly. Fair play to him. Now it’s a case of putting that short of shift in every single time he plays rather than just aimlessly swinging his elbows around.

United’s season was in danger of unravelling following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last week but they are now going to Wembley to contest a Cup semi-final and Fellaini will be hoping to stay in the team for the game against Villa on Saturday.

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