• By bassey
    Dec 05, 2016
    Fellaini and Mourinho

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his decision to bring on midfielder Marouane Fellaini during Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton.

    The Belgian conceded a penalty moments after his 85th-minute arrival - allowing the Toffees to snatch a point.

    Mourinho said the reason for using Fellaini was "obvious" because of his height and Everton's approach.

    "I thought you would know more about football than you do," the Portuguese added at a post-match news conference.

    "Everton is not a passing team any more like they were in the past. Everton is a team that plays direct: goalkeeper direct, Ashley Williams direct, Ramiro Funes Mori direct. Everything direct.

    "When you have on the bench a player with two metres [in height] you play the player in front of the defensive line to help the team to win the match."

    United took the lead at Goodison Park through Zlatan Ibrahimovic's lobbed finish, and were looking to wrap up only their third league win in 11 games when Fellaini replaced Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    Just two minutes later, his clumsy challenge on Idrissa Gueye allowed Leighton Baines to equalise from the spot.



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