Mourinho: Why I Dropped Man Utd Star For UCL Opener
Jose Mourinho: Why I Dropped Manchester United Star For UEFA Champions League Opener
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.
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."
Herrera has made three appearances for the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League champions this season, but is yet to play a full 90 minutes.
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