Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini calls out Liverpool playmaker Roberto Firmino over elbow incident

The Belgian says he might need to be more physical with Andy Carroll, but not the Brazilian.

Marouane Fellaini has been fighting back this weekend after recent criticism over his physical style of play.

The Manchester United star recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons in the Europa League clash with Liverpool.

The former Everton star appeared to elbow Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren and earlier in the game appeared to do similar when jumping up for a header with Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

But the brutish Belgian was having none of it, after the histrionics the Liverpool player began after the incident.

Speaking to The Telegraph the Manchester United player criticised Firmino and suggested he has no need to elbow the Liverpool man – as he would easily beat him in the air.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that is a different story.

He stated:

“I look at the ball, not my opponent. I don’t want to elbow someone, there is no point. I just protect myself. Sometimes I have two or three players around me, grabbing me.

“I jumped against Liverpool with Firmino and he said I give him an elbow. Why would I give an elbow to him? I know I will win the ball because of my size. Against Andy Carroll it would be more difficult, but I don’t need to elbow Firmino.”

Fellaini undoubtedly has a somewhat clumsy approach for going up for headers and at times he is an easy target for disgruntlement for the physical nature of his game.

United fans won’t mind this, but it is his lack of technical nous and guile that lets him down in a red shirt.

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