Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday owed much to defender Phil Jones, who scored the opening goal and also formed an impressive defensive unit with Chris Smalling.
But the 22-year-old has reserved special praise for his teammate Marouane Fellaini, who impressed for the second successive league game.
The £27.5million signing struggled in his early months at Old Trafford, failing to live up to the considerable expectation such a hefty price-tag inevitably invites, before a series of injuries ruled him out for close to three months.
But Fellaini was fantastic against the Baggies, with a 90% pass-completion rate, having three shots on goal and making two key passes. But it was regarding his defensive contribution that Jones was particularly effusive.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Jones said, “Fellaini was terrific in breaking up the play and playing the ball forward.
“He showed why the manager brought him in and there’s a lot more to come from him. He’s a quality player.”
Fellaini has certainly gone some way to show the comments suggesting he was out of his depth at United were premature.
Against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and now at The Hawthorns against West Brom, the Belgian has played a vital role that United have been lacking in recent times.
And when Jones suggests there is a lot more to come from his new teammate, you tend to believe him.
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