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Published: 09:54 | 20/5/16

Fellaini: I am not a dirty player


Marouane Fellaini has responded those who have suggested he is overly physically by insisting he has never intentionally gone out to injure an opponent.

Fellaini is available for Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace after completing a three-match ban for violent conduct that was imposed following his tangle with Robert Huth.

The Belgian international appeared to swing an elbow at Huth after the centre-back had pulled his hair during United's 1-1 draw with Leicester earlier this month and both players were handed retrospective bans by the Football Association.

When asked to respond to the criticism he has received in the wake of the incident, Fellaini said: "Everyone has their opinion. If I had to listen to all the opinions about me, my head would explode. So I just focus on my job, the manager, my team-mates, the club. I when I do bad and good.

"I'm not a dirty player. People can think whatever they want. I never injured a player, never.

"I just react. Maybe sometimes I am impulsive, I say that. It's my character. But when someone pulls your hair, it's normal to react. For this situation I don't deserve to be punished. Huth grabbed my hair, he made pain on my neck, so I just react.

"Come on, if someone grabs your hair, you will react. The managers, the players, the staff, the club 0 everyone knows it was a normal reaction. That's why my team-mates and the manager were not angry with me."

Fellaini is hoping to feature in the Wembley decider against Crystal Palace as United look to make up for a disappointing season.

"I was banned at the start of the season so the manager picked a team that started to win games and it was difficult to get back in. I would have liked to have played at West Ham last week, in a big atmosphere and such a physical game," he said.

"If we'd won that, we could have finished above Manchester City in fourth place. In the future we have to be more consistent if we want to do something in the league.

"It is frustrating. All the players want to play in the biggest competition. We don't want to be sat at home watching other clubs in the Champions League.

"For a long time United didn't get to the FA Cup final but this year we deserve to be there. Now we have to finish the job."

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