Wednesday 21 February 2018

How Marouane Fellaini's brother and a doorman nearly ruined Mourinho's Man United masterplan

Marouane Fellaini, right, and his brother Mansour
Marouane Fellaini, right, and his brother Mansour

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was led to believe that Marouane Fellaini would not be starting for Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after a strange case of mistaken identity.

The Portuguese had been using 6ft 4in teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek as 'Fellaini' in Chelsea training all week as they prepared to meet the giant Belgian.

The ended up deploying Kurt Zouma in midfield to help nullify Fellaini's threat.

A doorman at Chelsea's pre-match hotel thought he had seen Fellaini turn up on the day of the game, meaning he wouldn't be available to play,  and that all the preparation would count for nothing, but it was Fellaini's brother.

The doorman believed he was doing Mourinho a favour, telling him that Fellaini had arrived asking for tickets from Chelsea's Belgian star Eden Hazard.

"I came down in the morning and the doorman said, 'Fellaini isn’t playing'," Mourinho told reporters.

"The doorman asked him, 'What do you want here?' He said, 'I'm Fellaini and I’ve come to get tickets from my friend Eden Hazard'."

Mourinho decided to investigate and discovered that it was in fact, Mansour Fellaini.

"[It] Didn't smell well for me. I go to Google on my phone and I put in 'Fellaini brother'. The guy is the same.

"So I go with the pictures to the doorman. I say, 'This one or this one?' He looks, 'This one'.

"F*** off, he’s the brother," he said, smiling.

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