Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he ‘needs’ Marouane Fellaini and feels ‘weaker’ without him in his squad.
Mourinho cited the absence of the Belgian as a reason for United’s dropped points against Stoke on Saturday and is desperate to have him back for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with FC Basel.
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“I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn’t matter if it’s on the pitch or on the bench,” said Mourinho on Monday as he previewed the game.
“If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him.
“He’s an important player for me – a lot more important than you can imagine.”
Mourinho also confirmed that his central defensive pair will be Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, who is yet to start a competitive game for United.
“Even if [Eric] Bailly and [Phil] Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling tomorrow. They are at the same level, they are just different players.
“There are reasons for the other boys to be worried because Victor is a very good player.”