Martinez Praises 'Influential' Fellaini

by Mike Taylor
@Everton

Roberto Martinez says everyone associated with Everton will carry fond memories of Marouane Fellaini, but insists there is no room for sentiment when Manchester United visit Goodison Park on Sunday.

Fellaini left for the Red Devils in September 2013, having spent five seasons with the Blues following a then Club-record transfer from Standard Liege.

The Belgian has twice appeared against the Toffees at Old Trafford since, but could be set for his first appearance at Goodison Park as a Manchester United player this weekend.

“I think Marouane has been very, very influential for Manchester United in the second half of the season,” said Martinez.

“His past at Everton will never be forgotten, but, as a football club, we're very much concentrated on trying to get the three points and that's all that matters.

“I'm sure if there is a moment after the game to look back at what Marouane Fellaini did, then every single Evertonian will have positive memories of him. But, at the moment, all that matters is trying to win the game.

“I think we are looking at a game between two sides in very good moments of form. It's Everton versus Manchester United – not about any individual.”

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