Jose Mourinho explains why Marouane Fellaini was substituted shortly after coming on

After an excellent January, Manchester United were jolted back down to earth on the final day of the month. Tottenham Hotspur ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Wembley Stadium and more than deserved all three points.

There was a rather odd talking point midway through the second-half, though, when Marouane Fellaini was substituted on just after the hour, but then hauled off just seven minutes later.

However, after the game, Jose Mourinho met the media and confirmed that the 30-year-old Belgian picked up an injury, rather than it being a tactical decision.

“He came off because he had something in his knee,” Mourinho told the media post-match, including ESPN. “Unlucky for him and unlucky for me.”

Moments before it looked as though Marcus Rashford was about to take to the field, but obviously, Mourinho’s plans changed with Ander Herrera coming on for the injured central-midfielder.

Would Rashford have made the difference? Probably not, but it’s annoying that the manager’s hand was forced like that and we’re now left sweating on Fellaini’s fitness ahead of Huddersfield Town visiting Old Trafford in just a few days.

Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious and Fellaini is back in action soon, because he’s an incredibly valuable player in certain situations; as we’ve seen on many occasions.

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