Jose Mourinho cited Marouane Fellaini as one of his "most important players" following United's victorious return to the Champions League in which they breezed past Basel 3-0.
Fellaini was brought on to replace the injured Paul Pogba 18 minutes in - putting in a sensational Man of the Match display, with a goal and an assist to his name. The United boss commented:
"He is a player with special qualities, he gives me multiple areas of action, positions, and philosophy on the pitch. He is one of my most important players, even if he doesn't start every week. I'm happy because the supporters understand that."