The Belgian has enjoyed his busiest season yet at Old Trafford, making 47 appearances in all competitions – 13 more than last season under Louis van Gaal.
He was an instrumental asset during Man United’s Europa League final win over Ajax on Wednesday, using his immense power and chest control to wreak havoc at No.10.
And Fellaini, speaking earlier this week, that he would break his leg for the cause at Old Trafford.
“Even when I’m in pain, I play.”
“When I feel that people trust me, I’m prepared to do everything. If I have to break my foot for him (Mourinho), I’ll do it. That’s me.”
Insight into Marouane Fellaini:
✔️funny, easy going
✔️popular in dressing room
✔️❤️ MCR pic.twitter.com/rarNirkzEM
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) May 24, 2017
The sentiments expressed above shed light on why the 29-year-old, ever since arriving in 2013, has outlasted the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay at Old Trafford.
This is the kind of mindset not just admired by Mourinho, but indeed demanded. His public criticism of Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for failing to play through pain this season was a powerful indicator of the kind of standards being set by the Portuguese.
You could question Fellaini’s technical capacity as a footballer all you like, but nobody could ever question his ruthless commitment to the cause, week in, week out.