Mourinho: I would have wanted to make more changes against Leicester
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wished he would have made more changes in their match against Leicester City on Friday evening.
Mourinho would have been happy to make six changes in order to bring balance to his team but he and United were lucky to scramble for a 2-1 win over the visiting side to start the campaign on a positive note. A Paul Pogba 3rd minute penalty and an 83rd Luke Shaw strike sealed the victory for the Red Devils. Jamie Vardy pulled one for the 2015 champs inside two minutes of added time.
"A match where I needed six changes, not three, [Three] wasn’t enough for me. I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn’t. Paul Pogba couldn’t play 90 minutes, Fred the same. I needed more changes, but I couldn’t so it was not easy to manage the game from the touchline point of view." Mourinho said in his post-match interview.
"But I told the players we had very good periods, we had lots of glimpses of the football we wanted to play. Leicester was strong in a few periods of the game, but we coped with that as a team which is also an important thing. The team played as a team in these difficult moments." he revealed.
The former Chelsea manager explained why he introduced Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini in the second half. He also revealed that he mulled bringing on Anthony Martial for Alexis Sanchez. Andreas Pereira and Fred were taken out because they were already on yellow cards.
"But, of course, in the second half, I had Andreas Pereira and Fred both with a yellow card. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic - his contribution was amazing, but the fuel was disappearing every minute, so we were in trouble and we needed [Scott] McTominay and [Marouane] Fellaini to give me that balance in midfield. But at the same time, I feel I wanted more attack and I feel that Martial coming into the game in the last 20 minutes for Alexis could have given us the second goal to kill the game." the boss explained.