Jose Mourinho explains importance of £100,000 a-week Man Utd star

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Manchester United head-coach Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s importance following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Watford in the English top-tier,

The Portugues head-coach fought hard to convince Belgian star to sign a new deal with the Red Devils, and Fellaini has played a vital role in the Reds beating Burnley and Watford in their last two games in the Premier League.

The Red Devils head-coach has believed that the 30-year-old, who has often been criticised during his time at Man Utd, gives Jose Mourinho’s side “quality and simplicity”.

“We made defensive mistakes against Brighton [& Hove Albion] and against Tottenham [Hotspur]. Against Brighton we didn’t deserve to win that match, but against Tottenham, I think we did deserve to win it. Six goals and defensive mistakes,” Mourinho told reporters.

“Then we go to two matches away – difficult matches, difficult stadiums, Burnley and Watford – and I felt that my central defenders need, especially in the moment of a bit of instability, they need somebody to support them, to give them the first wall – physicality – but Marouane is giving us more than that.

“He’s giving us that, but he’s giving also quality and simplicity in his football. He’s playing simple and well. So I’m really happy for Marouane.”

The Red Devils will open their 2018-19 Champions League group-stage season against Young Boys on Wednesday night.