Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Man United hoping to agree deal with Spanish global

Last season's player of the year is out of contract next summer and had also been eased out of the starting equation due to Nemanja Matic's £40m arrival from Chelsea.

The Spanish global came on for the final 15 minutes of the Red Devils 4-0 comfortable victory over Everton on Sunday and Mourinho was very pleased with his performance from the bench.

While the duo were crucial to the United challenge last season, Mourinho has preferred alternative midfield options as his side have made a flying start to this campaign, yet he had these words of encouragement for Carrick and Herrera ahead of the Carabao Cup tie against Burton Albion at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

"We gave (Carrick) a contract because we think he is a good player, we think he is an important player. He's just in a team where Matic and Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them".

Jose Mourinho explained that Manchester United captain Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are not getting picked simply because he feels Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini are in the "best form" he has ever seen. That's life in big clubs.

Jose Mourinho has praised the form of Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini, claiming the two Manchester United midfielders are now playing the best football of their careers so far. We think he is an important player. "We can not play with (only) 11 guys", the manager added.

"He gave us the stability that we were losing a little bit and then was only possible, in my view, 1-0 or 2-0, I never thought in the last 15 or 20 minutes it could be 1-1". We have what we have, and with a couple of injuries now with Pogba and [Axel] Tuanzebe, so we need some of the players that played [on Sunday] to play, and we need some of them on the bench, because we need to have a strong team.

The United boss has since said his squad is "weaker" when Fellaini is not available, adding that he is "much more important than what you can imagine".

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