Marouane Fellaini has slammed Manchester United’s trigger-happy board and hit out at players who “go straight on social media” after games.
The Belgian international, 31, ended his six-year spell at Old Trafford to join Shandong Luneng Taishan in January.
Having signed for his former Everton boss David Moyes in 2013, the midfielder played under a further three managers during that period. Having fallen out of favour following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Fellaini decided to move on to pastures new in the Far East.
Since his departure the Red Devils have won just 11 out of 31 matches with pressure now growing on the Norwegian. However, Fellaini insists that sacking another manager is not the answer as he hit out at the club’s board for wielding the axe too early on his predecessors.
He said: “’They brought in [David] Moyes, they didn’t give him time. They brought in [Louis] Van Gaal, they gave him two years and we started to do some things, he won the cup, but after that they sacked the manager because they want to win quickly. For me the club were too quick to sack Jose [Mourinho] because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of players to do his own philosophy.
“He wanted to build his team but after two years and a half they decided to sack him because the results were not there. That’s the problem, they have to find a solution together. A manager like Van Gaal, tactically is very strong and a lot of experience and they sacked him. They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him. It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years. I don’t know what they will do with Ole. Mourinho, for the first season, he did amazingly, he improved the team, won things. Okay the second season, was a bit more difficult, but he tried and did his best to help the team.”
The veteran, who scored 12 times in 119 Premier League games for United, also believes too many footballers – including a number of his old team-mates – focus too much on their social media antics.
He said: “You see some players go straight into the dressing room after games and go straight onto social media, it’s wrong.” Fellaini is now fully-embracing his latest adventure in the Far East but is adamant he enjoyed his time at United.
He added: “China is good, it’s a new culture, a new country and I discovered that. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s different, it’s a different atmosphere, the intensity is not the same, the crowd is not the same but it’s a new challenge. It was the time for me to leave Europe, I wanted a new challenge and I’m very happy with that so I don’t regret it at all.
“I played five and half years for Manchester. My first season was a transition, so I was in transition. I know I didn’t have a great season. But after that I played my games, played well and I won things. Okay, I didn’t win the Premier League but that’s part of football. Manchester City was a strong team and was difficult to battle against them. But I did some great games, scored some important goals, so for me I was very happy with my time in Manchester.”
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