Marouane Fellaini has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately following several incidents during Manchester United's recent two-legged affair with Liverpool in the Europa League.
Referee Howard Webb has come out and branded the Belgian midfielder "a thug on the pitch," following his yellow card for a flailing arm in the second leg last Thursday, and an off-the-ball altercation with Emre Can in the first fixture, for which Fellaini went unpunished by UEFA.
The once Everton favourite feels the former World Cup final referee's views are unfair and the well-known physical demands of the Premier League have influenced his approach on the pitch.
"I don't want to elbow someone, I just defend myself," Fellaini told the BBC. "Okay, I am physical, I like to win my challenge but I am not a dirty player.
"I like to win my challenge when I play a game. In England, there are a lot of physical challenges so if you want to win the game you have to be aggressive and win your challenge."
Whilst admitting he has a strong style of play, David Moyes' first signing as Manchester United manager has insisted his intentions are purely competitive.
"I never want to injure a player or to be bad, I am not like that, I just defend myself."
Fellaini will be hoping to be in the spotlight for all the right reasons when United face off against local rivals Manchester City on Sunday, and it's the perfect opportunity for the midfielder to endear himself to the Red Devils faithful.
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