Man United legend backs Jose Mourinho’s handling of Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Paul Scholes runs the rule of Jose Mourinho's decision to drop Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Paul Scholes has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to leave Diego Costa benched for Chelsea’s goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Spain international was omitted from the starting line-up as Mourinho picked Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian to play up front at White Hart Lane.

Costa ambled out for a lethargic warm up during the half-time break before he was spotted by the cameras on the touchline limbering up in the final 15 minutes.

However, when Mourinho opted to bring on youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a couple of minutes remaining and the derby goalless, Costa succumbed to a moment of petulance.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes believes Costa doesn’t merit a place in the Chelsea side based on current form.

“I don’t know what his problem is,” Scholes told BT Sport.

Costa has scored three times in 11 Premier League games for Chelsea this season.

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The Spain international netted 20 goals in 26 top-flight games in their title-winning campaign last term.

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