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Fellaini: Tough Scot can be scary


Marouane Fellaini Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has warned the Manchester United players they will not get an easy ride under new boss David Moyes.

Retiring United boss Alex Ferguson was renowned for dishing out what became known as the "hairdryer treatment" but Fellaini – who has played under Moyes for four years – knows all too well how tough the Scot can be after he was banned for headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

"He is a decent man, a great manager, but believe me he can be tough. If you want to win something, to create a good team you have to be hard sometimes with the players – football is like this," he said. "He can be scary.

"I remember when I was banned after the Stoke game, he gave everyone the day off – everyone: the players, the entire staff – but I came to the training camp to do a training session with him. It was just me and him, and it is not easy to go into the camp to face him like that.

"I understood, because I knew I had made a mistake, but you know it's not easy when you know you have let him down. Just going in there knowing you have to look him in the eye was hard!

"He put me through a tough session... it was a full-on session, running, shooting, passing, everything and very intense, and afterwards I was upset.

"I said afterwards, 'Arggh, this is bad', but I am happy when he looked after me, so I understand."

Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Leon Osman has signed a contract extension until 2015, the club have confirmed.

Osman's previous deal was set to expire at the end of next season and he was delighted to extend his stay at Goodison Park. Osman said: "I am delighted to have put my signature on another contract and secured another year at the club."

Christian Benteke has told Aston Villa he "won't necessarily accept" it if they tell him he cannot leave the club.

The 22-year-old Belgium international scored 19 Premier League goals this season and has been linked to with a move away from Villa Park, with Arsenal among the teams mentioned as a possible destination.

Benteke said: "If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won't necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn't get the most out of my career. I try to get everything.

"Of course, playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa.

"If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I'm convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner."