Manchester United’s controversial manager José Mourinho has revealed to newsmen what he felt about his players during their clash with Burnley at the Turf Moor Stadium yesterday.
According to the manager in his post-match session with reporters, there were just three ‘fundamental’ players in his team against Burnley.
The Portuguese manager revealed that Marouane Fellaini was the most fundamental player against Burnley as the Belgian was awesome dealing with up balls.
According to Mourinho, Fellaini was good in the air and his presence in front of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof provided a great cover for the two defenders.
The former Real Madrid boss named Fellaini and Lindelof in his starting line-up for the first time since their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham couple of weeks ago. Both players were awesome but Mourinho believed much of the credit must go to the former Everton man, who was lively throughout the encounter.
“He was that cover in front of Victor and Smalling that made a comfortable game for them. There were lots of good performances but Fellaini was fundamental, together with Smalling and Lindelof.” he said.
Mourinho also praises Luke Shaw for his display at the left-back position. The England international was largely and publicly criticised by Mourinho in recent seasons for his dismal performances, however, that hasn’t been the case so this term as he remains the club’s best performer since the start of the campaign.
Lukaku was also praised by Mourinho for his brace against Burnley, making him Mourinho’s third fundamental player in the team.
“[Lukaku] played very well for us, scored two important goals, he could score more, even probably a bit tired playing with one man less but we managed with Paul [Pogba] and Romelu to get some great positions in counter-attack even playing with 10 men.” he concluded.
Up next for the Red Devils is Watford —who defeated Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday— at the Vicarage Road