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Mourinho: Why I Dropped Man Utd Star For UCL Opener

Jose Mourinho: Why I Dropped Manchester United Star For UEFA Champions League Opener

By Keegan Kruger - Sep 14, 2017 02:32 PM @KeeganKruger

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why one of his top performers last season did not even make the bench for the Red Devils' UEFA Champions League opener this week.

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Spain international Ander Herrera got dropped for the English side’s clash against Swiss champions Basel on Tuesday night, a decision which Mourinho admitted to being a tactical one.

"No reasons to be out," the United boss said, as quoted by Daily Express.

"We are playing only with two (central) midfield players, with Matic and Pogba, who are playing really well and without reason to change.

"The only match we decided to play with three Herrera played, today we went back to two again. And I had on the bench (Michael) Carrick and (Marouane) Fellaini, which were also important players last season.

"We have a group of players who must be ready to play and not to play.

“Ashley Young was not on the bench in the last match, and today he started the match and played 90 minutes. And the next match you can have another surprise for some player you think is going to play and is not going to play.

"It's the squad we have, I have to use the players, and that's the life in clubs with squads of quality."

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Herrera has made three appearances for the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League champions this season, but is yet to play a full 90 minutes.

Do you think Herrera deserves a starting position in the Red Devils team? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Ntsunda11 Joined: 17 Feb 2016
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Ntsunda11 Sep 20, 2017 12:10 AM
Herrera is a great player but it's the to decide who to play and not
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 15, 2017 04:41 PM
Herreira pogba and matic in the middlefield will make united, an unstopable team!
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nengewansuna Sep 14, 2017 06:48 PM
Man united
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musah005 Sep 14, 2017 05:20 PM
The arrival of Matic has pushed him further out of the starting XI
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Kgaogelo91 Sep 14, 2017 05:09 PM
Its gonna be a tough season, Conte still has his eyes set on defending his Title.
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Boris Becker Sep 14, 2017 04:30 PM
I'll leave that to the coach.
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@mavusane676 Sep 14, 2017 03:25 PM
Good rotation coach I like d that
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MOKOKOTLO Sep 14, 2017 02:46 PM
Good to rotate your squad so that every player is ready when ever needed

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