Mourinho insists he “feels weaker” without 29-year-old star

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he “feels weaker” without the presence of Marouane Fellainiin his first-team squad.

Fellaini has endured a mixed time at Old Trafford since signing from Everton in 2013, but the 29-year-old has emerged as a trusted member of the senior setup in the North-West.

Fellaini was absent from the 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday has managed to score the opening goal against Basel in Champions League, after he came on the pitch as a substitute of Paul Pogba, who suffered from injury.

The 54-year-old Mourinho told reporters: “He’s an important player for me – a lot more important than you can imagine.

“I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn’t matter if it’s on the pitch or on the bench. If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him.”

Fellaini has netted two goals from five substitute outings in all competitions this season.

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