Marouane Fellaini believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has created a problem of his own making by relying too heavily on young players who are more interested in cultivating their image on social media than helping restore the fortunes of Manchester United.
After a difficult start to his United career, Fellaini emerged as one of Jose Mourinho‘s most trusted foot soldiers before he was quickly deemed surplus to requirements by Solskjaer following his appointment last December.
Fellaini signed for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League in January and became the first of several experienced stars to be shipped out, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez following suit this summer.
In his absence, United missed out on Champions League qualification last season and have made a dismal start to the current campaign which has left Solskjaer clinging to his job.
‘The players who left are players of experience,’ he told the Telegraph. ‘So the coach decided he didn’t need them – that’s the choice of the coach. He decided he didn’t need Sanchez or Lukaku. That’s his problem. He has his own players now, so he has to deal with it.
‘He (Solskjaer) didn’t have a conversation with me if I will play or not. I signed a new contract for two years, one of the best managers in the world wanted me to stay. But after that, when a new manager comes and I’m not in his plans, of course it was time for me to leave and I don’t regret it at all.’
He added: ‘You see some players go straight into the dressing room after games and go straight onto social media. It’s wrong.
‘Now you have a new manager who wanted young players and they will be up and down, up and down; that’s football, that’s what happens with young players.
‘Of course you can’t play with just young players, you need a mix. To win games, to win titles, to win big games you need experience. Of course you can win with young players, but not every game.’