Man Utd news: Rio Ferdinand singles out one star for Watford display – ‘Understand Jose’ | Football | Sport
Manchester United recorded a 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smelling ended the Hornets’ unbeaten run.
In the week leading up to the match, Jose Mourinho admitted Fellaini was a doubt to start after withdrawing from Belgium duty during the international break with a back problem.
However, the midfielder was named in the starting line-up ahead of Fred with Mourinho revealing he wanted Fellaini’s experience in the team.
Fellaini’s style of play is not everyone’s cup of tea says Ferdinand, but fans need to understand the important contribution he makes to the team.
“Love him or not, this guy has an effect in the game in terms of being in the opposition’s box,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“He’s difficult to play against, I’ve played against him.
“What you have to do when playing against him is get someone to bump him. Don’t let him have that space.
“You can’t deal with him because he’s so aggressive and he judges the flight of the ball straight away which is an art in itself.
“Watford won’t have been unaware of him.
“He isn’t in terms of silkiness and passing and getting on the ball if you’re comparing him to yesteryear, the Scholes and Beckhams and Carricks of the day who are beautiful looking players who can thread balls over various distances on the ball.
“But he offers something different which is a threat in the box from set pieces where he’s going to hurt teams.
“Defensively he made some very timely interceptions today which is what he’s there for.
“You have to understand why Jose has him in his team.
“He’s not there to be pretty to look at, he’s effective in what he does and he effects the results of games because he’s a dominant figure in terms of his physicality.
“He’s demanding of himself and if you know him, he’s a great professional and a solid figure you want in the dressing room.
“He says listen I want to work hard and be a United player.”
United are back in action on Wednesday night when their Champions League campaign gets underway with a trip to Young Boys.