Marouane Fellaini has lifted the lid on what Jose Mourinho told him before he came on to score Manchester United’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
The Belgian started on the bench in Arsene Wenger’s final match as Arsenal manager at Old Trafford and watched on as Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 16th minute.
United managed to keep hold of their lead until the 51st minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan came back to haunt his former club with a powerful strike from long-range. Jose Mourinho was forced to turn to plan B and brought Fellaini on in the 64th minute and the midfielder played a major role in Marcus Rashford’s disallowed goal.
Fellaini then scored the winner with his head in the 91st minute and the Belgium international has revealed what his manager said before he was brought onto the field. ‘He told me to go in to the box because I have the possibility to keep the balance with the midfielder,’ he told Optus Sport.
“We’ve been second for a long time…” Pogba and Fellaini talk on @ManUtd’s performance after a close 2-1 victory against @Arsenal and discuss their hopes for the rest of the season.#OptusSport pic.twitter.com/FQsQATOc96 — Optus Sport (@OptusSport) April 29, 2018 ‘One point wouldn’t have been too bad but in the end we have three points and that’s most important today.
‘I know my quality I know if the ball comes in to the box I can be dangerous, it was a good ball, I tried to flick it, it’s good for me and good for the club.’
Mourinho believes Fellaini’s passionate celebration proves he wants to stay at United for next season. ‘I think so,’ the Portuguese said.