Manchester United tactician, Jose Mourinho has opened up on his decision to have left French forward Antonio Martial on the bench when the Red Devils took on the former Premier League Champions Leicester City on Friday night, August 10.
The 22-year-old attacker was left on the bench in Manchester United’s Premier League opener at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils forced into using other options.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Mourinho after his side’s home win claims he “needed six changes not three” in his side’s season opener, with Anthony Martial seeing no game as other options had to take priority.
Martial who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea is among those to have been available for the Red Devils throughout the summer having missed the World Cup.
However the French forward appear to frustrate his boss when leaving the pre-season tour of America early to attend the birth of his second child.
But Martial’s action was not responsible for him being benched in the 2-1 win against Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Mourinho told Sky Sports on the tough decisions he faced when making substitutions: “A match where I needed six changes not three.
“Not enough for me. I wanted to play Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis [Sanchez] but I can’t.
“I know that Paul doesn’t resist for 90, the same with Fred. I need more changes but I couldn’t. So it was not easy to manage the game by the touchline point of view.
“In the second half I have Andreas Pereira and Fred both with a yellow card. Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was amazing, but the fuel was disappearing every minute so we were in trouble and I needed [Marouane] Fellaini and [Scott] McTominay to give me that balance in midfield.
“But at the same time I felt I wanted more in attack, I felt that Martial coming into the game last 20 minutes for Mata or Alexis it could bring us a second goal, but I couldn’t make that change so it was really hard.”
Mourinho’s first change against Claude Puel’s men saw him replace Marcus Rashford with Romelu Lukaku, while he introduced Fellaini and McTominay to shore things up in the midfield.
With United having established a two-goal advantage in the last seven minutes, there was no room for Martial.
In an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Barcelona agreed on a term to sign Manchester United star this summer.