MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has explained why he did not bring Anthony Martial off the bench against Leicester.
Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 tonight with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scoring before Jamie Vardy’s late consolation.
Martial watched on from the bench, left out of the team after attracting interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Bayern Munich over the summer.
Many were surprised that Mourinho chose to leave the Manchester United forward on the bench, particularly given he was not at the World Cup in Russia.
But Mourinho has now explained the decision, saying he simply could not bring the 22-year-old on against Leicester. Instead, he brought on Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Scott McTominay.
Manchester United boss Mourinho said: “Mr Scudamore must be happy, it’s a good way to start the Premier League.
“A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three. I want to play Martial but I can’t, Paul Pogba can’t play 90, Fred the same. I need more changes.
“It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline. But I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play. Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team.
“The team played as a team. In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. We were in trouble.
“Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn’t make that change. The players gave everything, they gave what they had. Everybody did that.”
Story by: Bill Bennett