Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he never doubted Marounane Fellaini from day one.
The Belgium midfielder scored twice on Saturday to help United sink Crystal Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford – his third and fourth goals of the season.
The 29-year-old has come under fire at Old Trafford and reports in the summer suggested he was being lined up for sale, but Mourinho claims that has never been the case.
“I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team,” Mourinho said.
“He is playing really well but this is what he has been doing for a long time. He is happy and he is happy with his contributing to the team,” he added.
“The style of the team leaves space for a player like him and he feels that. I’m really happy.”
Asked what the most pleasing thing about the display was, Mourinho said: “Three points and a good performance.
“We started strong and we finished strong. We rotated. We won and that’s the most important thing.”
Asked about his thoughts on playing in Russia and then preparing for a Premier League match, he added: “I had concerns. Palace had one week to prepare.
“They lost players during the week. We had to play In Russia. I had to make changes. The mentality allowed me to do that. Everybody wants to play.
“I could see the difference between Mkhitaryan and Fellaini.
Mkhitarayan played and Fellaini didn’t in Russia.
“The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident.”