Manchester United Football Club got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, with an excellent 2-0 victory away at Burnley.
Jose Mourinho’s men were in command throughout, they were rarely troubled even after Marcus Rashford saw red for a moment of madness.
One key, tactical switch changed the game. The self-proclaimed Special One called upon the services of Marouane Fellaini; a player whom has never been a fan-favourite at Old Trafford.
However, the performance was one of real quality, as Fellaini won several headers, tackles and challenges; the base to an excellent team display.
ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno was in high praise for both Fellaini and Mourinho for making the decision to play the veteran, and rightly so.
“The performance was very good and it was very good from the very first moment,” he said to ESPN, per The Express.
“I think it was actually before the game started and the decision by Jose Mourinho to say ‘okay, the only way that Burnley’s going to give us problems is with energy and physicality’.
“‘So what are we going to do? We’re going to put in Marouane Fellaini, who brings that physicality and brings that presence in the middle of midfield and then allows Paul Pogba to have some freedom to go forward and attack’.”
Sure, Fellaini may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but when the situation is right, he’s a wonderful player to have. He’s great in the air, that’s his best asset.
Mourinho is a master tactician when it comes to chopping and changing the team to suit a particular game. That worked a treat this weekend. Now, Fellaini has played himself into contention.
Don’t be surprised to see a similar situation unfold as the Red Devils take on Watford in the game following the international break, too. Although things should be much more competitive as they sit joint-top of the table.