Marouane Fellaini believes the British press have labelled him as “a murderer”, despite the Manchester United midfielder picking up just four bookings last season.
Fellaini is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has struggled for playing time this season, with Jose Mourinho favouring Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata in the heart of midfield.
However, despite seeing his minutes on the pitch deteriorate, the Belgian international didn’t aim a swipe at his manager… or even the club who have yet to offer him a new and improved contract.
Instead, Fellaini called out the country’s media, claiming they wrongly portray him as a “villain” and a “muderer”.
“They have labelled me an aggressive player, a murderer,” Fellaini told Belgian magazine HUMO.
“Look, I’m fanatical. The team that wants it the hardest wins.
“But there have been times when I came out as the villain. What should I do if they pull me by the hair? It sounds like a joke, but it really hurts.”
The 30-year-old, who is reportedly holding out for around €190,000-a-week, added, “Players often try to provoke me but do you know how many yellow cards I collected last season? Four, in 45 matches.
“I’ve never destroyed someone’s career.
“Last season I was suspended after the derby against City for a headbutt against Aguero.
“He stepped towards me and then dropped dead. But, no, I get the red.”
Fellaini is expected to make a return to the first-team in the new year, with United starting 2018 with games against Everton, Derby County and Stoke.