It’s no great secret that Marouane Fellaini has struggled to endear himself to fans since moving to Manchester United in 2013.
The Belgian midfielder arrived as the first ‘marquee’ signing of David Moyes’ ill-fated tenure, but the consistently good form he showcased at Everton has thus far escaped him at Old Trafford.
A combination of struggles on the pitch and United’s slide from perennial title challengers to Champions League hopefuls has culminated in Fellaini being singled out for plenty of criticism. He’s become what might be referred to as a boo boy under Louis van Gaal, a tag he acknowledges.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the former Everton man accepted that he’s targeted by those in the stands. He also offered a brief explanation as to why that might be.
Is it Moyes' fault?
“My family care more than me,” said Fellaini, when asked about fan criticism.
“I am a professional, so I have to deal with it. I try not to listen. Sometimes it is difficult, but that is football and playing for a big club. Sometimes I don’t understand it. Why me? I don’t know.
“Sometimes, I say yes it is because I joined with David Moyes, sometimes I say no. The truth is I don’t know. I know one thing, a lot of people know I work hard on the pitch and for me that’s the most important thing.”
Unsurprisingly it looks as though the midfielder’s time in Manchester could come to an end if and when Van Gaal is relieved of his duties come the summer.
Time might be up
Jose Mourinho is the man tipped as the favourite to assume control of the United hot seat, and it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll have space for a player like Fellaini in his squad.
The 28-year-old obviously still has Premier League quality, and so finding a new club in England’s top flight won’t be an issue, but unless some drastic changes take place between now and the end of the campaign, his United venture looks like being marked down as something of a failure.
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