Neville: Fellaini and Matic give United solidity

11 Sep 2018

Former Man Utd player says Jose Mourinho has found his best combination in midfield ahead of Watford trip

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After conceding seven goals in their opening three matches, Manchester United have found the right balance between attack and defence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford, says Phil Neville.

Jose Mourinho gave Marouane Fellaini his first start of the season at Burnley, joining Nemanja Matic in front of the back four. 

The pair's presence was key in a 2-0 win at Turf Moor which also marked a first clean sheet of the campaign.

Neville, who won six Premier League titles with United, believes the safety net provided by Fellaini and Matic will allow Paul Pogba the freedom to focus on being a goal threat at Vicarage Road.

He feels it will also make the centre-backs less exposed than earlier in the season.

"They’ve tried [Ander] Herrera and Fred. But I think with these two there’s real solidity now," says Neville in the video above.

"When you see Pogba in the box looking to score, Matic and Fellaini are providing protection."

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