Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mourinho Explains Why He Stopped Lukaku From Taking PK

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down his decision to stop Romelu Lukaku from taking a penalty against Benfica by insisting he "does not see the drama."

The second goal came courtesy of a Daley Blind penalty - but only after Mourinho had told Lukaku he could not take it.

The Belgian grabbed the ball after substitute Marcus Rashford has been brought down in the box. But Mourinho first gestured to Ander Herrera, and then Lukaku himself, that the striker should pass the ball to Blind.

Anthony Martial had already seen a first-half penalty saved by 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who was later credited with an own goal after Nemanja Matic's shot cannoned off the post and rebounded in off his arm.

After already responding to a question about the penalty-taker in his TV interview, Mourinho then told a news conference:
"I don't understand why everyone asks me the same, I am paid to take decisions good or bad.

"In the first half, the decision was bad. In the second half, I made another decision and I don't see the drama.

"The penalty-taker for this match was Martial, he was not even on the pitch for the second one. Romelu wants to take, he has the personality and character to take the responsibility, Herrera was the same, but my decision was based on training in the past couple of days."

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