Marouane Fellaini admits he’s very proud of being able to lead Manchester United out against Sunderland earlier this month.
The Belgian has turned his career around under Jose Mourinho and after being booed by a section of supporters at Old Trafford, he’s now an important member of the first-team squad.
Mourinho believes he has something unique to offer to the side which no other player can attempt and it’s why we’ve seen him in action so often as he’s earnt the trust of the Portuguese boss.
Speaking about his time as captain, Fellaini insists United have a strong squad with good players in contention for the captain’s armband.
“It was my first time as a captain in my professional career,” he said.
“I had worn the armband when I was young and when I was at Everton for a friendly match – but this was the first time officially.
“It was a very proud moment to be the captain against Sunderland. It is always nice to be chosen to be the captain of the team. Of course, it is a big honour for me to be captain of Manchester United, even for one game with other players injured.
“Rooney was injured, Mata was injured, Smalling was injured and Carrick was on the bench so I was the oldest player in the team.
“It was a pleasure to be the captain. I think a lot of players can be the captain in this team, we have a strong squad. There is a lot of character and good players.”
He’s performed well recently and has showcased exactly why Mourinho brings him on to try and kill off games as he’s done well in the absence of some United team-mates.