The 27 year old Spaniard is usually fielded in an energetic midfield role constantly marching forward but he is sitting deeper in the last 2 winning games under new boss Mourinho as The Guardian correctly pointed out.
He also confirmed that he was in talk with the boss regarding his new role:
“I had to do a different role in the team and I think I can be important there for the manager. I have spoken with the manager and we are agreed with that, that I can be an important player for the team and that I can help the team in that position. I think I can win a lot of balls back for the team. My instinct is to try to win the ball back for the team as quickly as possible.”
Just a note to strengthen the case how good Mourinho is; the previous United manager can’t figure this out.