Jose Mourinho explains decision to drop Juan Mata for Man United

Jose Mourinho lifts the lid on his thinking to drop Juan Mata for Manchester United's clash against West Brom

Jose Mourinho has lifted the lid on his decision to drop Juan Mata in favour of Jesse Lingard for Manchester United’s 2-0 win at West Brom at the weekend.

Mourinho opted to start winger Lingard at The Hawthorns and the Englishman repaid Mourinho’s faith by putting in a brilliant cross for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opening goal against the Baggies.

Mata has been in and out of the Manchester United team since Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in May.

The Spaniard has scored three goals and made one assist in the Premier League so far this season but has been limited to 10 starts in the top flight under Mourinho.

And Mourinho has now explained his decision to drop Mata in favour of Lingard for Saturday’s game against Tony Pulis’ men.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Manchester Evening News: “[Lingard is] a different player than Juan.

“Both very good players obviously but different players.

“Against Palace we thought it was more important to have Juan’s quality to hold the ball up to keep playing inside positions.

“Today we thought it was important to have one of the three attacking players to be more of a runner and we did that with Jesse and later with Marcus [Rashford].”

Manchester United are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and three points behind fifth-placed Tottenham.

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