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Manchester United midfielder defends forearm smash on Pablo Zabaleta

"He was unlucky to make contact."

Marouane Fellaini claims yellow card offence was purely accidental during Tuesday night’s derby clash

It’s all going horribly wrong for Manchester United this season and Marouane Fellaini has become a scapegoat for the horrendous campaign, with the £27million signing failing to make an impact during his first season at Old Trafford.

Fellaini was outstanding in an Everton shirt last term although his most notable achievement in a United shirt thus far was a forearm in the face of Pablo Zabaleta which saw the Belgian receive a yellow card, with many arguing that the midfielder could have been dismissed.

However, the player claims that he didn’t commit the offence on purpose and stated he was simply trying to guard the ball, with the City right back apparently unfortunate to make contact with his arm.

Asked if he was lucky to only pick up a yellow card for the clash, Fellaini is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail: “I don’t know, but I certainly didn’t do it on purpose.

“I put my arm up to try and protect possession of the ball, and Zabaleta bounced (his jaw) against it. He was unlucky to make contact.

“The movement by me was not in an aggressive manner. It was a defensive move to protect the ball.”

It has been reported that Manchester United fans are organising a fly-past on Saturday for the match against Aston Villa which will call for David Moyes to be sacked by the board, with the Scot coming under renewed pressure following Tuesday’s 3-0 reverse against City.

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