Fellaini late show secures last 16 place for faltering United

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"Felli works hard. That is what you can demand and that is what a player has to do without anyone demanding it, and he does that", said Mourinho, whose side are struggling in seventh place in the Premier League.

"Realistically, to be in the last 16 in this group is an achievement, not a big one, not a fantastic one, but is an achievement".

He believes he is the No 1 goalkeeper in the world and wants to play for a club that shares his ambitions. Last time I looked football was a team game.

De Gea, who will be out of contract in 2020, is in talks over a new deal amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus and Mourinho has told Ed Woodward and the board to get the deal done.

It wasn't just about United's late victor.

And Fred was inches away from his second United goal with a rasping drive that rose just over the crossbar in a bright start from the hosts that contrasted sharply to their sluggish form in recent weeks.

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"But, in the end, we score".

He also told reporters, "For some of my lovers, I just want to say: for the ones that like stats, 14 times in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phases". "In the two years I didn't play Champions League I won the Europa League".

Mourinho made the bold decision to leave Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench and Alexis Sanchez out of his squad completely among six changes from a drab 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday, but it largely backfired as United failed to impress once more.

Phil Jones is preferred ahead of Eric Bailly as the England global replaces the injured Victor Lindelof alongside Chris Smalling at the back and Nemanja Matic keeps his place in midfield. In front of him, Rashford was frustrated to miss several chances. But obviously the most important thing is to qualify.

Mourinho would rather the focus be on the players he selected and not those he left out. The Belgian is hardly a brilliant player, but like Liam Neeson in Taken, he has a particular set of skills and that makes him very unsafe to pretty much everyone. Still, it was a goal and a win, something United hadn't managed at home in Europe this season.

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