Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on two goal hero Marouane Fellaini, who he claims is someone who has improved under his management and been strong enough to win over the fans as well.
The Mirror report Mourinho said: “We are all managers, we are all different, sometimes we like players others don’t like, sometimes we don’t like players others like, some players perform better with some of us than with others.
“And I have examples of players that didn’t perform well with me and then they performed well with other managers.
“Marouane is just the fact I think he has important qualities and I try to use these qualities depending of the situation, depending of the team’s needs.
“He played with me as defensive midfield player, as second striker, he played with me like today in one of the double midfield players, adapted to the needs of the team.
“He’s a team player, a great character, we have a good relation and things are going really between us.
“I think only a strong character would resist the difficulties here because he had some difficult times where people didn’t recognise his qualities where probably other managers didn’t like so much the qualities that he has, so you have to be a strong character.
“He’s a fighter, a guy with lots of pride, I’m really pleased I helped him to reach this and to change the perception the fans have now, I’m really happy for him.”
There’s no doubt that Fellaini is one of the players Mourinho relies on and trusts, and has made it clear that he feels the side would be weaker without him in it.
Another player who many may not have banked on still being at United under Mourinho was Juan Mata – another player who Mourinho claimed was one of his key men.
United this season are certainly looking in far better shape than they have before since the days of Fergie and the fans have undeniably got more hope this season than they’ve had in years.