Fellaini frustrated by fan criticism

The Belgian insists that Red Devils supporters deserve more, after the club’s disappointing start to the 2018-19 campaign

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes that the fans have a right to voice their frustrations as the team continues to struggle for consistency.

Jose Mourinho’s men booked their place in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night with a 1-0 against Young Boys at Old Trafford, thanks to a last-minute Fellaini strike.

However, the performance left much to be desired as United were once again toothless in attack, while also generally lacking in intensity, continuing a running theme over the last few months.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League, seven points off a top-four spot and 15 behind leaders Manchester City, having drawn their last home outing 0-0 against Crystal Palace.

Fellaini admits that he sympathises with the club’s supporters, who are entitled to expect more from the team and he hopes that their latest win can be a catalyst for change.

When asked how he feels playing in front of the disillusioned home faithful at the moment, the Belgian responded: “Of course it’s frustrating, but that’s football. They come, they pay for their tickets and they want to see good football.

“But today the spirit was good, and we have to look forward with a lot of hunger. Criticism is part of football, but we have to work. We are a team, we are together and we give everything. Together we have to move forward and take the points.

“I think the team is confident now and we have to stay positive – play positive football, like we did today.

“We played positive football from the first minute and wanted to score. I think everyone can see that. We gave everything to score the goal and I think we have to continue that way.

“We had a lot of chances – we played forward. I think we have to keep this spirit and look forward. We play positive, score goals and show supporters how we want to make them happy.”

Next up for United is an away trip to Saint Mary’s on Saturday to take on Southampton, who currently sit in the relegation zone with just one win to their name this term.

A win for Mourinho’s side will see them leapfrog Everton into sixth place for at least a day, ahead of the Merseyside Derby on Sunday.