Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Mourinho Explains Why He Subbed Zlatan Against Burnley

Man United manager Jose Mourinho made a bold choice to start both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's English Premier League match against Burnley (2-2), but it turned out to be dreadful.
At halftime, Manchester United were down by two, which led to Mourinho's decision to change Ibrahimovic for Jesse Lingard and Marcos Rojo for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Special One explained his substitution to Sky Sports:
"It was tactical, to play only with one central defender. We know that they don't normally have the ball, they just play direct.

"So really in the line-up, play one against one, Phil Jones was a risk Jones accepted, Nemanja Matic was there just to bring the ball from totally free positions, so he was bringing lots of balls into midfield.

"And then instead of more positional players like Zlatan and Romelu Lukaku, we decided to go with Mkhitaryan, Lingard and Juan Mata all three trying to play in these areas behind Lukaku and we can say we had some success.

"I still think with so many balls in important areas, lots of crosses, good crosses, low crosses, we didn't attack all these balls well, and also not lucky with the rebounds, so I'm happy with the effort, the personality, the feeling of we didn't lose but of course we lost two points," Mourinho concluded.

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