‘Unlucky’ Mourinho explains seven-minute Fellaini

Date published: Thursday 1st February 2018 8:45

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that an injury to Marouane Fellaini’s knee prompted the Manchester United midfielder to be substituted after just seven minutes at Wembley.

Mourinho brought on Fellaini and Juan Mata for Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard after 63 minutes with Tottenham leading 2-0.

The Belgian was substituted just seven minutes later with Ander Herrera taking his place. The game ended 2-0; you can read 16 Conclusions from the game here.

“He came off because he had something in his knee,” the Portuguese boss said. “Unlucky for him and unlucky for me. He came on with enthusiasm, but he has an injury in his ligament.

“I think I was unlucky with Fellaini as I wanted to change a little bit the dynamic of the team.

“After a couple of minutes, he was injured. It’s always the same thing. It is the lateral ligament. I don’t think it’s a big, big thing but he was immediately feeling something and telling us he couldn’t carry on.”

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