Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his midfield duo Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini are playing the best football of their careers.
The Red Devils have made a superb start to the season, winning five out of six games in all competitions, with summer signing Matic twice earning himself the Man of the Match award.
The Serbia international has proven an inspired signing from Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, despite not initially looking like being one of the club’s priority targets.
The likes of Eric Dier and Fabinho were also looked at for that defensive midfield role, but Mourinho is delighted with how both Matic and Fellaini have contributed in that area so far this season.
Discussing the lack of playing time for the likes of Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera so far, Mourinho assured them their time would come and that they are simply behind two exceptionally in-form players at the moment.
‘Herrera was Player of the Season and he is not starting matches. You know, that’s life at big clubs,’ Mourinho said.
‘We gave Michael Carrick a contract because we think he’s a good player and an important player. He’s just in a team where I think, in this moment, Matic and Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them.
‘I never saw Matic playing so well. I never saw Fellaini playing so well.
‘He (Carrick) is in a team with these two guys, playing absolutely phenomenal. For Carrick and for Ander, it’s just patience because their time will arrive.
‘They are going to be important players for us, for sure. That’s the team, that’s the squad. We cannot play with (only) 11 guys.’