Matic has been an indispensable presence at the base of midfield ever since arriving from Chelsea for £40m in August, showing next to no signs of weaknesses on the ball and bully opposition midfielders for fun.
And Fellaini has made a perhaps unexpected splash at Old Trafford this season; the Belgian has claimed goals against Leicester City and FC Basel and produced a commanding display on his first start of the season against Everton.
Speaking ahead of Man United’s clash with Burton Albion, Mourinho admitted that the two are virtually undroppable in their current form.
“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.”
The imposing sight of Matic and Fellaini militantly occupying the midfield strikes the very core of what Mourinho has always looked to invoke as a manager: stature, power, organisation and impetus.
Perhaps Matic’s seamless transition into life at Old Trafford shouldn’t serve as a surprise, but even the Portuguese, having managed him at Chelsea, has made note of the superb control and poise he has engendered since arriving last month.
Coupled with the boisterous, confident Fellaini, there aren’t many more hardened, brutish midfield duos in the Premier League right now.