Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian put in a performance worthy of the man-of-the-match title in their win against Watford, whilst also taking a swipe in jest at Chris Smalling's new hairstyle.
The Daily Mail has reported that the Portuguese boss was impressed by the 30-year-old's performance in front of the back four, where he was vital in shutting out the Hornets attacks.
Fellaini also played a pivotal role in the Red Devil's goals from set pieces thanks to his aerial ability, and Mourinho was keen to highlight the former Everton man's importance.
I didn't want Fellaini to sign a new contract because I felt we could do better. But it's evident Mourinho knows him & plays him according to his strengths. Today I'm thankful he's signed a contract.— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) September 15, 2018
This is why Mourinho manages Manchester United & I manage a twitter account.
"Then we go to two difficult matches, difficult stadiums, Burnley and Watford, and I thought my central defenders needed somebody to support them and give them the first wall of physicality.
"I am very happy. With the points, with the spirit. I feel a bit frustrated because we had everything in the first half to kill the game."
Romelu Lukaku got the first before Smalling quickly bagged a second, and Mourinho was overjoyed to see their training ground work come off, adding: "
"They are happening in last three matches, even against Tottenham. Things we are working on, position and movement. The set pieces are a very specific thing. You work and work and for weeks you don't see the result so when it happened it was happiness for coaches.
"The only thing I don't like at this moment with Chris is the haircut but I am no one to tell him that."