Mourinho: Man Utd Weaker Without This Star
Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Weaker Without This Star
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claims his first team squad is "weaker" without the presence of one of his stars.
Speaking to the media ahead of his side's UEFA Champions League match against Basel on Tuesday night, the Portuguese tactician explained to reporters just how important Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is to him.
"He's an important player for me – a lot more valuable than you can imagine," Mourinho said, as quoted by ESPN.
"I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or on the bench. If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him."
The former Everton star missed the reigning Europa League champions' league match against Stoke City on the weekend, and is a doubt for his side's 2017/18 Champions League opener.
The 29-year-old midfielder moved to Old Trafford in 2013, and has since become a crucial member of Mourinho's first-team squad.
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