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Fellaini – United must be ready for Chelsea

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini insists his side’s priority must lie on the FA Cup final, when they take on Chelsea on May 19th.

The Belgian scored a dramatic late winner during the weekend’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal, heading past David Ospina in stoppage time to secure all three points for Jose Mourinho’s side.

While pleased with the win, and to get on the scoresheet, Fellaini told MUFC.com that the Red Devils now must focus on their upcoming clash with Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month.

“It was a difficult game, but I think we controlled the first half,” he said. “At the beginning of the second half, they controlled more but, in the end, we pushed to score the goal to win the game.

“It is always good to score at Old Trafford, a late goal in a special atmosphere against a good team and we have the three points which is the most important thing.

“It was difficult [scoring the header] but it went in, which was good! I think crosses went in and I had a few chances and [earlier] I made contact with their no 27 (Konstantinos Mavropanos) and it hit the post, but it was good for the team [to get] the three points and we are now sure to participate in the Champions League again next season.

“We must continue in the next few games to be ready for the final as it is important to stay fit, to play and to get ready because it is a big game.”

Following Felliani’s winner against the Gunners, the Belgian is set to be offered a new contract at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old midfielder was widely expected to leave the club as a free agent this summer, but Jose Mourinho insists the Belgian remains key to his plans next season.

Jose told MUTV: “I believe he will stay. He’s a good player and he can be used in many different circumstances, according to the nature of the game.

“That’s why we want him to stay and that’s why I believe that he is going to stay.

“The position is we are almost there. But, in football, almost is not enough. I think we are almost there but I can’t celebrate because almost is not enough.

“I want to see the white paper with the United crest and I Mr Ed Woodward’s signature and Maraoune’s signature on it.”