Jose speaks out on why he didn’t start Juan Mata against West Brom

Manchester United Football Club have been on a terrific run of late – particularly in the Premier League which is great to see. We’ve now made it three wins in a row in that particular competition, and you get the feeling that Mourinho is only just getting started.

The self-proclaimed Special One has won all there has to be won in England, and after a slow start, it feels as though he and the players are finally finding their feet.

Against West Brom, the manager decided to change up a few things, as he adjusted the starting line-up to match the opponent. One man who missed out was Juan Mata, and now Jose has had his say on exactly why he chose to bring in Jesse Lingard for the smiling Spaniard.

“[He is] a different player than Juan [Mata],” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“Both very good players obviously but different players. 

“Against Palace we thought it was more important to have Juan’s quality to hold the ball up to keep playing inside positions. 

“Today we thought it was important to have one of the three attacking players to be more of a runner and we did that with Jesse and later with Marcus [Rashford].”

This is one of the reasons I love Jose Mourinho. He’s a coach who is willing to make changes based on the opponent, and that was evident here. The switch to bring in the aforementioned Jesse Lingard worked perfectly, and the winger had impact within five minutes as he provided a superb ball for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opening goal.

That said, Juan Mata will get plenty of chances over the hectic winter period. I feel like home games against the likes of Sunderland will be good games for him to prove his worth to the manager, as he should be able to pick apart their defence with his cutting edge passing.

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