All eyes are on Maraouane Fellaini ahead of Manchester United’s game against Everton tomorrow. The former Everton midfielder, who joined United with David Moyes, was a figure for ridicule on Merseyside last season. United had paid over the odds for him, after allowing his clause to expire, and he had been fairly dreadful. Everton were 12 points above United when Moyes was sacked and the scousers were loving it.
A year later, United are third in the table and Everton are 12th, 24 points behind United, and Fellaini returns to Goodison Park as one of United’s more important players.
Fellaini has given an interview and was asked if it needed Moyes to leave for him to be viewed in a different light.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Now David Moyes is in Spain, so if I came here it would be different. We were together. People saw us like that. Of course I feel sorry for him, but’ — lots of heavy sighing — ‘it’s over now. Everyone thought we were very close, but he was my manager. I was close to him, but I did not live with him. I respect him but it’s not like we were best friends. It was a difficult season for everyone, not just me, but the criticism was on me because I was the transfer of Moyes. I did some good games but even those I was criticised for. A lot of people talked about me, about my quality. I had played five years in England and every season I played very well for Everton. Then, for one year, I lost my football, I lost my quality, I lost everything. Bullshit. That’s my opinion. And now my quality has come back. But that’s not right, that’s not right. The difference this summer is five players come, not just me. It would have been completely different if five players had arrived at the same time as me, but they did not. Just me. So I was in the middle of it. Sometimes, I didn’t play — and it was still me. I was injured for three months — still me. It was stupid, a bad experience.