Michael Owen: Man United star was dead and buried before Jose Mourinho

Michael Owen credits Jose Mourinho with having a big impact on Manchester United's struggling players

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Owen has credited Jose Mourinho with bringing out the best of both Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial following his appointment at Manchester United.

The Portuguese coach took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 after being brought in as Louis van Gaal’s permanent successor at Old Trafford.

Manchester United enjoyed significant upturn in form last season as the Red Devils won both the Europa League and the League Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge.

And the Red Devils have started the new campaign in blistering form, having won six of their opening seven games to leave them second in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho has been calling on both Martial and Fellaini in recent weeks, the latter of whom scored twice during the 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last weekend.

And former Manchester United striker Owen has praised Mourinho for bringing out the best of the pair in recent weeks.

Speaking to BT Sport, Owen said: “Well you can go through the squad [to see the players Mourinho has improved].

:There were a lot struggling. Fellaini was almost dead and buried as Man United player. Martial’s confidence was gone.”

Manchester United return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against bitter local rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

The Red Devils are aiming to win the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in the 2012-13 campaign.

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