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Mourinho Explains Why Man Utd Star Was Benched

Mourinho Explains Why Man Utd Star Was Benched

By SL International - May 20, 2018 01:04 PM

Manchester United ended the season without a trophy after losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final, and Jose Mourinho has explained why Romelu Lukaku was benched for the clash

Read: Hazard Fires Chelsea To 8th FA Cup Title

The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 loss to Antonio Conte's troops at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

However, Marcus Rashford was handed a start in the attack as Lukaku started on the bench, but Mourinho reveals it was the Belgian's decision to start on the bench.

"It's not difficult, it was his decision, it was his decision," Mourinho said, according to FourFourTwo.

"I knew the opponent I was going to play against and I knew they have a compact low block with lots of physicality where they try to close everything.

"I knew that without a target man it would be difficult for us. I know at least [it would have helped having Marouane] Fellaini coming from the second line, attacking their defence with his physicality.

"I knew that would be difficult, but I wouldn't expect that the game was exactly like it was because I think it was a bit too much.

"When a player tells you he's not ready to play, not ready to start, then the question is, 'How many minutes you think you can [play]?' But how can I convince a player who is not ready? It's nonsense."

Read: Gallery: Chelsea Hand Mourinho First Final Loss In England

Do you think Lukaku would have made a difference? Have your say in the comment section below.


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 21, 2018 05:40 AM
But still he was not gonna make any difference, with that defencive
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MakhiloBJ Joined: 31 Jul 2016
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MakhiloBJ May 20, 2018 02:58 PM
The problem about morinho is that he is full of himself, also thinking that he knows too much. You can now see why Chelsea fired him.

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