Sunday 22 September 2019

'How can someone like Jamie Carragher dare to question me?' - Marouane Fellaini hits out at his critics as he weighs up United future

Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has hit out at suspended Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, as he claimed the former Liverpool star had lost the moral ground to question him after he was caught spitting at United fans in March.

Fellaini has regularly been the subject of ridicule during his time at United, with the club’s supporters divided on whether the Belgian forward should be given a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of this season,

Yet Fellaini has hit back at his doubters and especially Carragher, who is currently taking time away from the Sky Sport screens ahead of a potential return in August.

“How can someone like Jamie Carragher dare to question me. The guy spat from his car on a girl after a Manchester-Liverpool match,” Fellaini side in an interview with Sport Magazine, as reported widely in the UK media.

“You know, critics help you progress, you end up working more, you want to show them they are wrong.”

Fellaini also confirmed he is weighing up options over his next career move, with the option of signing a new deal at United very much under consideration, as he suggested he has a strong relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

“It’s going well, he (Mourinho) trusts me,” he added. “He knows exactly what I can bring to the team. Whether it’s 10, 15 or 20 minutes, he knows I’m going to give everything. He knows my purpose.

“Do not forget that I evolve in one of the biggest clubs in the world, it goes well, I know my teammates, the staff, everyone respects me. Change why not? But there is no point in rushing or accepting anything. I am very quiet at the moment.

“The entire staff is doing everything I can to stay. Now I am in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has stated that he wants to keep me.

“Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it ten times. Afterwards I became important for the team... and a good player costs at least 50 million euros.

“I am now thirty years old, end of contract and negotiating with Manchester United. There are several clubs that show interest. I’m waiting for what’s going to happen.”

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