Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

United's Fellaini shows why he is Mourinho's 'go to' player

United's Fellaini shows why he is Mourinho's 'go to' player

There was no desperate roar from the home crowd to the accompanying message from the public address system, that primal noise which Jose Mourinho described as "hell" when he visited as manager of Porto. The belief that their team can grab a late victor has lessened, the fans have been worn down and have grown exhausted with the low-scoring, entertainment-lite football they have been watching. This is much more comfortable than being on the touchline like we managers are.

"But, in the end, we qualify in a very hard group with one match in hand, suffering a lot, but we did it".

David de Gea proved how important he could be for Manchester United after he prevented Young Boys from taking the lead in their Champions League clash yesterday.

Asked why he had acted the way he did when his side had just clinched victory against Young Boys - and qualified for the round of 16 - Mourinho said: "Relief". "And frustration before that". Last time I looked football was a team game.

"I think if they play against a half-decent team there they get beat tonight".

"It's frustrating because what I want is the team to start strong, is the team to go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, not to be reactive but proactive", Mourinho said, having also said his side are "not very good on second balls".

The pair came on in the second half but United still needed Fellaini to pop up with a late victor.

United fans were already heading for the exits when Fellaini at last gave them something to cheer, collecting Lukaku's flick-on and firing across goal and into the bottom-left corner from 12 yards.

"In this case, we have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know that he wants to stay".

"Sometimes it's better that you compete throughout the week against each other to play well at the weekend together".

With Mourinho, no one really knows, but one thing is for sure.

"For some of my lovers, for those who like stats, 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualify through the group phases", said Mourinho on his personal record as boss of Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid as well as United.

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