Jose Mourinho explains why he picked Marouane Fellaini to start for Manchester United vs Burnley - football

Jose Mourinho explains why he picked Marouane Fellaini to start for Manchester United vs Burnley



The towering Belgian will combat Burnley’s height and set-piece threat (Picture: Getty)
Jose Mourinho says he brought Marouane Fellaini into his Manchester United starting XI specifically to deal with the height and physicality of Burnley.
The Red Devils have travelled to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon off the back of their worst start to a Premier League campaign, having lost 3-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
Mourinho has made three changes against Burnley to try and kick-start United?s season, with Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof all brought into the starting line-up.
Mourinho arrives at Turf Moor in need of three points (Picture: PA)
Asked if Fellaini had been brought in to combat Burnley?s direct style of play, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ?We hope so. ?We hope he will help us to play against a team that has a certain style of play and we are going to try with Marouane to cope with the problems that normally Burnley brings to every match.?
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On the specific nature of Burnley?s threat, Mourinho continued: ?They are physical, they are direct, they go very direct to the box.
?They try to create crossing situations, they try to have lots of set pieces, corners, lateral free-kicks.

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