Maroune Fellaini

Fellaini: The fans deserved that win over Young Boys

Marouane Fellaini was delighted to help Manchester United qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The influential Belgian scored an injury-time winner at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening to register an important 1-0 win over Swiss champions Young Boys. 

That result - coupled with Valencia's defeat to Juventus - meant qualification to the knockout stages of the European Cup was also secured. 

After bagging the all-important goal, humble Fellaini was quick to praise his team-mates’ performances on Tuesday.

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“It’s always good to score a goal but, for me, the most important thing is the three points,”
he said after the game. 
“I think the supporters deserved that. I think that it was positive, I think the players were positive and aggressive.

“We wanted to win, we showed it and we gave everything to score a goal. We create a lot chances and I think we deserved the win today. OK, David did a great save and they had a few chances, but I think we did everything to win the game.”

This isn’t the first time Fellaini has scored a dramatic late goal this season.

The midfielder netted a stoppage-time equaliser against Derby County in the Carabao Cup in September, which meant the game went to penalties.

“I always try to give everything for the team whether I start or don’t start,“ he told us on Tuesday. ”Everybody knows I am a team player.

“The manager has given me a lot of confidence. He trusts me. That is important for a player and I try to give it back and repay him on the pitch. I give everything for him, I feel comfortable and I am happy with him.”

Fellaini's special bond with Jose was on show on Tuesday night, when he celebrated his match-winning goal by giving his boss a big hug.

The 1-0 win means the Reds are on 10 points after five games and cannot be caught by third-place Valencia, who are the opposition on matchday six.

That game in two weeks is important for the Reds, who could yet finish top of the group with a win in Spain.

“It’s always good to be in the Champions League,” said Fellaini. “OK, we are qualified. It’s going to be a good atmosphere at the Mestalla, Valencia are a good team, so we go there with no pressure and play our game.

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