Revealed: What Jose Mourinho said about this benched star - The12thMan

Revealed: What Jose Mourinho said about this benched star

Manchester United and Arsenal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Trafford which saw Manchester United come back twice from behind

Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring for the Gunners on the 26th minute when David De Gea failed to gather his header from close range. But Arsenal’s lead was short-lived as Anthony Martial pounced on an error from the Arsenal defence to level things up. In the second half, Arsenal took the lead again when Marcos Rojo attempted clearance ended up in the back of his own net. And within a matter of seconds, United were back on level terms as Jesse Lingard found the net, courtesy of another defensive mistake from the Gunners. Mourinho had left two of United’s most expensive signings Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba on the bench. Pogba was brought in after 75 minutes. This is what Mourinho made of Paul’s performance in the limited time that he had,

I think Paul played well,” Mourinho said. “The 15 minutes he was on the pitch he played well, in a moment where our defenders couldn’t push up.

“Every time David de Gea had the ball all my defenders were dead in front of him and I want the team to come up, I want defensive line to push up.

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“I want to play in the opposition half, at that moment we have Fellaini, we have [Romelu] Lukaku, we have Paul, but every time David had the ball, everybody was dead.”

“I don’t understand where you want me to go. No. As I was saying, I think Paul came on and gave a good contribution and didn’t give a bad contribution.

“I brought freshness and power and different qualities to the attacking players but our defenders were dead. Was impossible to take them out.”

Author’s take

Manchester United can be very proud of their display as they showed a lot of heart and determination and deserved the point that they got.

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