Fellaini rues Reds display

Form against United came a week too late

Marouane Fellaini: Rued the lack of energy Everton had in the second half against Liverpool

Marouane Fellaini has been left to ponder what might have been after Everton produced their jaw-dropping display against Manchester United.

Despite twice finding themselves two goals behind, the Toffees launched a late fightback that allowed them to claim a momentous 4-4 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The result came eight days after David Moyes' side slipped to a 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and Fellaini has been left to rue what might have been.

He told the club's official website: "Last week was difficult.

"But if the team played against Liverpool like they did against United we could have won.

"Last week, in the first half we played well, but we had no energy in the second and no fight to win."

Impressive contribution

Fellaini gained due reward for his impressive contribution when he volleyed home Everton's second goal against United.

The Belgian also set up Steven Pienaar for the dramatic equaliser, with Nikica Jelavic adding to his impressive reputation by scoring twice, taking his overall tally to eight goals in 12 games since his £5.5million move to Goodison Park from Rangers in January.

"Niki has come in and done absolutely brilliantly for us," said full-back Tony Hibbert.

"If we put balls into the box, now both he and Marouane can get on the end of them, and they did."

Hibbert also had words of praise for Sylvain Distin, who was responsible for the defensive blunder that offered Liverpool a way back into the FA Cup tie, but responded with a superb performance at left-back as he neutralised the threat of Antonio Valencia.

"Sylvain was outstanding," said Hibbert.

"It's not natural for him to be out there but he coped with it well.

"Valencia is strong and quick, no-one would want to come up against him. But Sylvain stood strong."