Jose Mourinho: My honest thoughts on Juan Mata at Man United

Jose Mourinho explains his decision to substitute Juan Mata in Manchester United's win over Leicester

Jose Mourinho has insisted that his decision to bring off Juan Mata during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield on Sunday was for the good of the team.

Many will be looking closely at how Mourinho treats the Spaniard at Old Trafford this season because it was the Portuguese coach who opted to sell the playmaker to United from Chelsea back in January 2014.

Mata was only brought on in the 63rd minute but was again substituted in the 93rd minute at Wembley.

However, Mourinho insisted that the decision was only because Mata was one of the shortest United players on the pitch.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game on Sunday, Mourinho said: “I think he played very well. He gave me exactly what I needed.

“The rules allow six changes, I had made five and I wanted to stop the game. I need to take off the smallest player because we are expecting a lot of long balls. He is the smallest one.

“We want to win. Everyone is happy in the end.”

United finished fifth in the Premier League last season and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal before sacking the Dutchman shortly afterwards.

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The Red Devils will kick off the new season with a trip to Bournemouth next weekend.

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