Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has given his vocal backing to under-performing manager Jose Mourinho by urging the club's fans to keep the faith in the Special One.
The Red Devils are currently in the middle of a barren run of form that has seen them win just one of their past eight games, and go into this weekend's meeting with struggling Swansea in dire need of a morale boosting victory.
With a quarter of the season already gone, United are falling behind the pace dramatically, and sit eight points off the top of the table and seven points off the Champions League places.
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And though many have been quick to condemn Mourinho for his performance recently, Jose at least has one fan in the shape of Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
The 28-year-old has insisted that Mourinho is the man to lead the club back to its former glories, and hopes that the Red Devils faithful can muster the patience to stick with him through this difficult spell.
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“Every player trusts him, his philosophy and we have to follow him,” Fellaini told the Daily Mirror. “We trust him.
“He’s here to win things. He’s a manager with a lot of motivation, he wants to win, and that’s what we need.
“But to build a team you need time. I think we have the right manager and we have to give him the confidence and the time he needs.
“The fans want victories, they want good football, but I think the victories will come, we are not far away and we have to keep going.”
On the training ground
And Fellaini goes on to add that Mourinho is a big presence on the training ground, and us always looking for ways to improve the squad and solve their problems.
The midfielder highlights Mourinho's presence at Carrington, hinting that he involves himself with all aspects of running the team.
“He’s always there, every day he’s there,” said Fellaini. “He never takes a day off. He’s there, talking to players, and if there’s is something to say, he’ll say it.
“He’s a manager who is close to his players, close to the training pitch, so he’s there.
“The training is good and his speeches, in bad moments, are good, and I think he’s the right manager for us.
“He has a lot of experience, he has led some great teams, big teams as well, so he knows how to handle a team and a squad.”
Fellaini also feels that this current run of form is only a blip, and despite the Premier League getting tougher, he feels sure that the club will bounce back sooner or later.
“We started really well, but after we lost against Manchester City it’s been up and down,” said Fellaini. “We should have won against Stoke and Burnley, and taken six points, but we didn’t.
“We only took two points and it’s a big difference, but I think the victories will come. I’m sure of that, because of the way we played against Burnley.
“We had almost 40 chances to score, three penalties that we didn’t get, and in football sometimes you need a bit of luck.
“We have to win the next game in the Premier League, against Swansea. It’s important for us to stay in touch [near the top].
“We will fight for that, of course, everyone will. We have the quality, we have good players, and they all want to be there, at the top."