Manchester United Football Club’s Champions League group stage hopes took a dent last night, with a home loss to an excellent Juventus team.
From first minute right till the last, Juventus were the better team. They dominated the game with their slick passing, movement and overall class, and in the end, they deserved their 1-0 victory.
As the game wore on, tension grew amongst the terraces. No substitutes were made by Jose Mourinho, the fans began to question why. Thankfully, members of the media asked the manager the same question, and we were met with an answer that made sense (sort of)…
“Bear in mind Sanchez was in the stand. Lingard was in the stand. Fellaini may have been in the stand or at home as I didn’t see him.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
“The only really attacking option was a young 18-year-old lad [Tahith Chong] who has never played in the first team before.
“Given the dynamic of the game, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to bring him on.
“You can’t expect a kid making his debut in a game like this to give you something like scoring a goal.
“So that’s why I didn’t make any changes on the pitch.”
Sure, Tahith Chong is young, but Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku were all having an off-night. Do you really think the Dutchman could have done any worse? At least he had fresh legs and perhaps he could have caused Juve’s back line a problem or two.
Do you think Sir Alex Ferguson would have hesitated? Make no mistake about it, Chong would have been thrown on and given 15 minutes to show the world what he can do. Even if we still lost, at least the fans would have been treated to a glimpse of the future. What’s the point in having him on the bench if you’re never going to use him under any circumstances?