Manchester United legend Roy Keane has blasted his former club’s fans for making Marouane Fellaini “a scapegoat”.
The 28-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in a £27.5m deal three years ago as the then United boss David Moyes attempted to put his stamp on the club.
And, as Keane’s Republic of Ireland prepare to face Fellaini’s Belgium at Euro 2016, he says he has been unhappy with the former Everton player’s treatment.
“I like Fellaini,” Keane, Ireland’s assistant manager, told reporters. “I thought the criticism he had when he went to United was a bit over the top.
“I think it was just because he came in at the last minute when David Moyes was there and fans were maybe quick to jump on his back.
“We saw him recently scoring some important goals. I like him. I liked him at Everton and I think he’s a good player for Man United.
“The criticism he’s had, I think he’s more of a scapegoat than anything else. Which can happen when a new manager brings in certain players and the new signings get criticism.
“If anything, they 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.”