Thursday 19 April 2018

Roy Keane: Marouane Fellaini has been let down by Man United team-mates

Roy Keane is a fan of Belgium's Marouane Fellaini
Roy Keane is a fan of Belgium's Marouane Fellaini

Luke Edwards

Roy Keane has argued Marouane Fellaini has been unfairly made into a scapegoat at Manchester United and claimed others senior players deserved far more criticism during the club's decline.

Keane was speaking ahead of the Republic of Ireland's European Championship meeting with Belgium in Bordeaux when he offered the view that Fellaini had been one of United's better players.

Although he did not name anyone directly, Keane suggested the United fans who made Fellaini a scapegoat should have been focusing their frustration on more established stars at Old Trafford, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs all playing regularly during the Belgian's first season at the club.

"I like Fellaini," said Keane, who has refused to retract his criticism of another Belgium player in Eden Hazard. "I thought the criticism he had when he went to United was a bit over the top.

"I think it was just because he came in at the last minute when David Moyes was there and fans were maybe quick to jump on his back. I saw him a few times live, when United weren’t great, and thought he done okay. But he seemed to be the scapegoat for the fans.

"We saw him recently scoring some important goals. I like him. I liked him at Everton and I think he’s a good player for Man United.

"The criticism he’s had – I think he’s more of a scapegoat than anything else. Which can happen when a new manager brings in certain players and the new signings get criticism [when results are poor.]

"If anything, they should have been criticising the experienced players at United who weren’t helping him out or who weren’t helping out the new manager. But that’s another story.”

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