Jose Mourinho praises Matic and Fellaini despite results

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on midfield duo Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini for their contributions in the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.

Matic, who has recently arrived from Chelsea, started the game while Fellaini didn’t come on to the pitch until the 56th-minute.

Mourinho said: “The group is fantastic and Marouane [Fellaini] is just an example of that group, of that spirit we have. We were losing 2-0 against a fantastic team and, after 2-0, the next ball is a double chance with an open goal, amazing reaction, and then we go to 2-1. Then Marouane was injured but he kept going.

On Matic, he added: “He also showed great spirit, great mentality. He was playing really, really well against a difficult team, because they move the ball a lot and they overload many times the central area and it’s difficult to pick them up.

“But it was a very good performance from Nemanja. I think he played really well. In the moment when they were moving the ball more, he was good and in our period of dominance he was what we want him to be: moving the ball simply, giving balance and starting from the back. He has good experience at the highest level and stability.”

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