Manchester United Jose Mourinho was pleased with the impact of Marouane Fellaini during Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The Belgium international was sent on to change the complexion of a game which was heading for a 1-1 draw and he ultimately bagged the winner via a header in stoppage time.
Prior to that, the 30-year-old came close with another header which struck the woodwork and Marcus Rashford, who scored thereafter, saw his effort chalked off for offside.
Fellaini has divided the opinion of supporters during his time at United but Mourinho was no doubt pleased with him on Sunday as he managed to put the pressure on the Gunners backline.
“I knew they were going to drop the block. I felt we needed a second presence. He scored a beautiful goal. It’s a goal that mathematically qualifies us for the Champions League,” Mourinho said.
This has not been the first time that Fellaini has changed the outcome of a game and he has gone on to prove that he can be an effective targetman coming off the bench.
The Belgian was initially expected to leave the club on a free transfer expires in June, but Mourinho has now confirmed that the talks are at an advanced stage to prolong the midfielder’s stay.