Superstar Paul Pogba was substituted on Wednesday night against Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in a league game since his return to Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho has now explained his decision.
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Many fans were surprised to see the Frenchman make way for Marouane Fellaini in the 63rd minute on Wednesday, especially with the Red Devils being 2-0 down.
Mourinho denied that it was an injury that made him take the 24-year-old off, insisting he had to attempt to change things up by introducing the Belgian.
“It was just to change for Fellaini,” he said after the game, as quoted by Metro.
“We had to try different qualities with different players.”
Much to Mourinho’s dismay, Fellaini was forced to leave the field of play just seven minutes after coming on due to a knock he sustained.
“I think I was unlucky with Fellaini as I wanted to change a little bit the dynamic of the team,” the boss told BT Sport.
“After a couple of minutes, he was injured. It’s always the same thing. It is the lateral ligament.
“I don’t think it’s a big, big thing but he was immediately feeling something and telling us he couldn’t carry on.”
United are now 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have lost just one Premier League game this season.
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