Jose Mourinho explains the decision to leave two key players on the bench

Manchester United Football Club got another key win under their belts yesterday, as the Red Devils overcame an extremely resilient West Ham side. The first half was a dull affair, with the highlight being that red card for Sofiane Feghouli after a lunge on Phil Jones.

As the second half begun, Jose Mourinho made a couple of key decisions to bring on both Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford – who had to settle for spots on the bench despite them being hugely important players at this point in time.

After the game, the manager admitted he resisted temptation to start the pair for this game, but that decision was then justified as they both came on and linked up to open the scoring.

“I had, on the bench, ammunition. I had, on the bench, Mata and Rashford — crucial in both matches,” Mourinho told MUTV. “I think, in these fixtures, it’s very important to have people on the bench who are capable of breaking the game.

“Today I had the feeling of starting with Mata and Rashford, but I thought it’s better for them to come off the bench when everybody is dying [tired] — and the decision was proven right.”

Our first goal was an absolute thing of beauty. Michael Carrick played a wonderful ball in front of Marcus Rashford, who beat a couple of West Ham players before having the composure to find Juan Mata in space; who applied a fantastic finish to ease the nerves.

Jose Mourinho got his team selection 100% correct once again, and he made the changes at exactly the right times, which he deserves massive credit for.

Also kudos goes to both Rashford and Mata who would’ve been disappointed not to have got the start. They both took their chances to impress very well, and will be firmly in Mourinho’s thoughts for the cup game against Reading at the weekend.

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