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Jose Mourinho plays down decision to drop Wayne Rooney - ’I can only start with 11 players’

Jose Mourinho said that his decision to drop Wayne Rooney against Leicester City was done in order to give Manchester United pace and width on the wings through Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard and tried to play down the significance of leaving out his captain.


The United manager dropped Rooney for the first time since taking over at the club, with England manager Sam Allardyce watching from the Old Trafford directors’ box.

Rooney came on as a late substitute for Rashford and Mourinho attempted to frame the argument that it was a purely tactical decision. “My captain is my captain if he is on the pitch or at home he’s my captain, that’s not a problem,” he said. “We thought against Leicester the way they defend and the profile of their defenders, we thought the best solution was to play with the two fast kids and [Juan] Mata in a position where he can interact with the young kids. It went well for us.”

Pushed on what Rooney’s form and why he in particular had been left out, Mourinho reacted with irritation. “My reasons are, if I don’t play Rashford you ask me why. If I don’t play Lingard you ask me why. You prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing. Sometimes when I read you I feel I know nothing about football but there is one thing I know, the rules of the game. And I can only start with 11. Until someone tells me there is a change to that I can only start with 11.”

The United manager said that he did not think the changes were the decisive factor in United ending their run of two straight league defeats. “It was because we started very well and we didn’t stop until we closed the game,” he said. “I am always positive. I was not more positive than other matches. We work so much and so well that my expectations for every game are always high. I am always positive. I always think we are going to play very well. Today we started well. I know we scored three goals from corners which is not normal. What leads to that, the intensity of the way we controlled the counter attack.

“[Also] the way we reacted every time to losing the ball. Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] played so well. The organisation of the attack. The young kids were really fast and aggressive attacking the spaces. It was a good performance.”

Once again, Mourinho blamed the hangover from the previous era for his team’s slow start to the season. “What is more difficult is that me and Mr Van Gaal see football in a different way so it is normal in their football brains there are moments of contradiction between what they used to do and what I want them to do.

“It’s also a factor that in the recent past they were not successful and they know the responsibility of playing for this club and the expectations when things are not going well and we have one bad result, or in this case three bad results. Knowing the profile of the media in this country this is the way they feel.”

Claudio Ranieri said his team “switched off” and lost their “shape and composure” after the first goal. “We have to recharge our batteries and forget this defeat and move forward to Tuesday’s game

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GATETE - 25/09/2016 saa 04:36

that's moulignol's confidence but some tms its good let us wait
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