Neil Humphreys: Fellaini and Mata finally come good for United
Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata once represented the failings of a coaching clown.
David Moyes was accused of bringing makeweights to Manchester United.
Fellaini arrived with an afro. Mata arrived in a helicopter. Both looked ridiculous, reports Neil Humphreys.
The Belgian was soon dismissed as a clueless artisan among fading artists, all hustle and muscle with no finesse.
The Spaniard was considered damaged goods. Jose Mourinho had sold Moyes a dummy.
Against Liverpool on Sunday, they were United’s best performers in a thoroughly deserved 2-1 win.
A few good Moyes men had saved Louis van Gaal’s bad signings, just as they had against Tottenham.
Fellaini rediscovered his brutish, often brilliant, Everton game as Mata discovered an unexpected tenacity to convince their suspicious manager.
Circumstances beyond their control offered a shot at redemption and they took it. The door was opened by others, but they stood tall and walked through.
Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.
Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.