Marouane Fellaini has been a “good player for Manchester United” and fingers should instead be pointed at the club’s “senior players”, according to Roy Keane.
Fellaini arrived at United in 2013 for £27.5million and has attracted the considerable ire of fans who believe he is a symbol of the post-Ferguson era.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has been one of the most critical of the Belgian – saying he hopes he’s never seen in the Premier League again.
And Keane believes supporters have been become too quick to ridicule the Belgian – claiming he’s not been as bad as many make out for Manchester United.
“I like him. I thought the criticism he had when he went to United was a bit over the top,” said Keane, assistant manager of the Ireland side who face Belgium in Euro 2016. “The fans were maybe quick to jump on his back.
“I saw him a few times live when United weren’t great and thought he did okay. But he seemed to be the scapegoat for the fans, which can happen when a new manager (David Moyes) brings in certain players and the new signings get criticism.
“But we saw him recently scoring some important goals. I liked him at Everton and I think he’s a good player for Man United.
“If anything, the fans 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.”
Fellaini has spoken of his determination to impress new boss Jose Mourinho and stay at Manchester United beyond the summer.