Michael Owen reacts to Marouane Fellaini’s display in Man United’s 1-1 draw at FC Rostov

The former Manchester United striker delivers his verdict on Marouane Fellaini's performance in Russia

Michael Owen claimed that Marouane Fellaini was used in his former Everton role on Thursday night as Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with FC Rostov.

Jose Mourinho’s side made the long trip to Russia for the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Europa League after a 4-0 aggregate win at Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne last month.

The Manchester United manager opted to start with his physical Belgium midfielder Fellaini in a more advanced role in anticipation of a difficult clash against the Russian side.

And Fellaini proved a key figure as Manchester United opted to use a more direct approach to the first leg of their European tie in tricky conditions at FC Rostov.

The Belgian star played a part in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal as he diverted the ball into the path of Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the striker crossed for the Armenia international.

Speaking to BT Sport about Fellaini’s performance in the Manchester United side, the club’s former striker Owen said:

“There is no point playing him unless you’re going to use him to his strengths. That’s what Manchester United have done.

“Jose Mourinho warned us before the game how he was going to play. Manchester United were going to go direct and more aggression.

“It his a throwback to his Everton days because he used to play high up the field more often. You’d ping that ball up to him and he’d shrug them off and bring it down on his chest and you can start playing from there.”

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