Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has reiterated his belief that he is not a dirty player ahead of the FA Cup final this weekend.
Fellaini is available for selection at Wembley after he served a three-match ban for an incident involving Leicester City’s Robert Huth during the closing stages of the campaign.
Huth tugged on Fellaini’s hair during a clash between the two sides and the Belgian responded by swinging an elbow in his face. Both players received bans. However, Fellaini defended himself in a recent interview.
“Everyone has their opinion. If I had to listen to all the opinions about me, my head would explode,” he said.
“So I just focus on my job, the manager, my team-mates, the club. I know when I do bad and good. I’m not a dirty player. People can think whatever they want. I never injured a player. Never. I just react. Maybe sometimes I am impulsive, I say that. It’s my character. But when someone pulls your hair, it’s normal to react.
“For this situation I don’t deserve to be punished. Huth grabbed my hair, he made pain on my neck, so I just react.”
Fellaini’s ban had been a long time coming; he had a remarkable ability to avoid punishment for his various flailing elbows and he couldn’t really complain about being caught out.
Unfortunately, it came at the wrong time for United as they could have used him in the away fixture against West Ham in the penultimate league game of the season. United lost 3-2 and their top four hopes were effectively ended. Fellaini has proven to be useful in certain situations but it is clear that his style is not conducive for how United would ideally want to play. It looks like he will be moved on in the summer.