Jose Mourinho: Why I didn’t start this Man United duo

Jose Mourinho reveals that he was tempted to start Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford for Man United's trip to Bournemouth

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he tempted to start Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford after the pair came off the bench to inspire Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Monday night.

The Red Devils were handed a boost in the first half after West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli was sent off in the 15th minute but the visitors couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.

Mourinho brought on Mata at half-time before he turned to Rashford in the 60th minute and the England international teed up the £37.1m midfielder to break the deadlock with 27 minutes remaining.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his fine goal-scoring run as the 35-year-old centre-forward added the away side’s second to seal three points for the 20-time English champions on their first visit to the London Stadium.

Speaking to MUTV after Manchester United’s 2-0 win against the Hammers, Mourinho was full of praise for Mata and Rashford after their impact from the bench.

“It was a difficult match but I had ammunition on the bench,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“I had Mata and Rashford, who were crucial in both matches when coming off the bench. In these fixtures it is very important to have people on the bench, capable of winning the game.

“I had a feeling to start Mata and Rashford today, but I think it is better for them to come from the bench when everyone is dying and the decision was proven right.”

MORE: The latest Man Utd news and views

MORE: The latest Man Utd player tweets

Manchester United finished in fifth place last term.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Paul Pogba
Arsene Wenger delivers his verdict on Paul Pogba at Man United
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Aaron Ramsey
Arsene Wenger: What I think about Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey decision
Novak Djokovic
Laureus Awards 2019: Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka fly tennis flag at sporting Oscars
Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane ready for ‘serious’ talks about Chelsea FC job