Sunday, September 11, 2016

Manchester United Derby Flops To Be Axed From First Eleven

Jose Mourinho laid into his Derby Day flops and warned
them they will be dropped for Manchester United’s next
New boss Mourinho reacted to the 2-1 home defeat to local
rivals Man City by admitting several of his under-performing
team will lose their places.
Young striker Marcus Rashford , who lifted the Red Devils
when he came on for the second half, will be promoted to
the starting line-up after Mourinho conceded he blundered
by leaving him on the bench on Saturday.
“The performances are the deciding factor,” said the Special
One. “How can I decide? Performances are the only way
that I can decide.
"So if you’re asking me if they’re going to play against
Feyenoord [in United's opening Europa League group game
in Rotterdam on Thursday], then no.
“And it’s not to punish them, it’s just to decide in relation
to what I have. And what do I have? Their performances. So
of course I’m going to play other players.”
Mourinho admitted several of his players, including Jesse
Lingard and new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both of whom
were subbed at half-time, were overwhelmed by the
magnitude of the derby.
“Let’s speak, for example, about Mkhitaryan,” said Mourinho
of the Armenia international bought this summer from
Borussia Dortmund. “How many big matches has he played?
"The kid Jesse [who was starting just his 21st league game
for United] — how many times has he played big matches?
“So you never know the way players are going to react,
especially when you don’t know them so well. And, after
only a couple of months, it’s too early to know them really
Mourinho did consider starting Rashford in the derby after
his winner off the bench at Hull in United's previous game
and a midweek hat-trick for the England U21s.
And he admitted the 18-year-old’s fearlessness means he is

now ready to promote him to the starting XI and keep faith
with him once there.
“For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord - and the
next game he’s going to play,” said Mourinho. “That’s the
only thing I can say.
“I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely
"He’s mainly a No.9. If you want to play him in different
positions, we need to work on him, we need to improve him,
but his big personality is there.
“Normally, people look to the football talent, but the
personality at this level is very, very important and he was
showing that last season — he was showing that

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