Why Jose Mourinho pushed for new deal for Man United star – McManaman

Steve McManaman explains why he thinks Jose Mourinho wanted to hand Marouane Fellaini a new Man United contract

Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho wanted Manchester United to tie Marouane Fellaini down to a new contract this summer as a reward for rescuing the Red Devils last season, according to Steve McManaman.

The Liverpool FC legend believes that Mourinho was keen for the Red Devils to secure a new contract for the Belgian midfielder after his fine displays towards the end of last season.

Fellaini committed his immediate future to Manchester United by signing a new contract with the Red Devils last week.

The new deal will keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2020, and it includes the option to extend it by a further year.

According to McManaman, Mourinho was keen for Fellaini to sign a new contract with the Red Devils after he helped them to enjoy a strong end to the season last term.

Speaking to ESPN FC, McManaman said: “Firstly, he’s been very important at times for Manchester United, the way they’re playing.

“Of course he wouldn’t get into many teams, but he’s a Mourinho favourite.

“He’s come off the bench numerous times and performed really, really well and rescued them at times.

“I think Jose’s trying to reward him. Improving the squad, of course he’s not at this moment in time.

“Fred will improve the squad, Fellaini has been there for a while. So I’m happy for him.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United are still thought to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as the Red Devils look to try and build a squad capable of winning the title next season.

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and without a trophy.

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