Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has claimed he feels weaker without Marouane Fellaini in his team.
Fellaini has emerged as one of Mourinho’s key member, having endured a rough spell at Old Trafford before the Portuguese arrived last year.
The 29-year-old missed the 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday and remains a doubt for the Champions League opener with Basel due to a calf injury, but Mourinho has suggested that the versatile Belgian will be involved if passed fit by the medical team.
“He’s an important player for me – a lot more important than you can imagine.
“I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn’t matter if it’s on the pitch or on the bench. If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him,” he told reporters.
Mourinho also confirmed that his central defensive pair will be Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.