Jose Mourinho enjoyed a successful first game back in the Premier League, as his Manchester United team rolled over Bournemouth 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a debut goal, and it was a good day at the office for United, who went top of the table after becoming the only team to win by more than one goal.
United’s attacking stars took the headlines, but Mourinho was also impressed by another one of his players – and he isn’t a fan favourite to say the least.
The man in question is Marouane Fellaini, who was actually booed by United fans as the team got off the bus before the game.
Despite that, the giant Belgian impressed in the season opener, providing a 6’5″ shield in front of United’s defence, and finishing the game with five successful tackles, four clearances and three blocks.
And, if Mourinho’s post game comments are anything to go by, Fellaini could become a key player for the Red Devils.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said:
With Fellaini I always have the feeling that he was not loved by the general Red people.
But, if he plays like he’s playing now, they have to love him because he’s being so important for us.
Fellaini was linked with a move to Italy earlier this summer, after he was spotted watching a Roma game at the back end of last season, and even another spell playing under David Moyes, with Sunderland the club in question this time.
But, the former Everton man could become a key player in United’s team, even with Paul Pogba’s suspension clearing in time for the game against Southampton on Friday night.
Many expected the world’s most expensive player to take Fellaini’s place, with the Belgian dropping to the bench, but we may have to get used to seeing the imposing force in Mourinho’s midfield this season.
We look forward to the elbows flying.