Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho explains bear hug with Marouane Fellaini against Hull

Jose Mourinho praised Marouane Fellaini’s ‘strong mentality’ after he recovered from Old Trafford boos to score against Hull in the League Cup semi-final.

The Belgian midfielder was booed by some United fans during a game against Tottenham last month after giving away a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park the previous week.

Brought on as a late substitute against Hull, he scored the crucial second goal to put United on the verge of the League Cup final ahead of the semi-final second leg in two weeks’ time.

And Mourinho was delighted with Fellaini’s impact, celebrating with the 29-year-old on the touchline after his goal.

Mourinho said: “That’s why I am here, to always support the players, especially the players in a difficult situation. But he has a very strong mentality and he always coped well with the situation.

“He was not afraid after the Everton match to go to the pitch again. He played a phenomenal game against Reading and today he scored a very important goal for us. He knows he is a very important player for me.”.

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