Jose Mourinho Says He Doesn't Have to Defend His Lineup Choices


The Frenchman has scored 9 goals and has 5 assists in 26 appearances this season.

Mourinho may look to bring in another quality left-back as he is keen to have two players capable of playing in every position.

Romelu Lukaku will once again lead the line up front but I think Mourinho might take the opportunity to freshen things up with Jesse Lingard dropping back to the bench.

"So, if you ask me, I'm expecting Paul now to be man of the match every week? No". "It would be fantastic economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, no suspension, no fatigue".

"This is one of the best teams we've seen". At every club and every level, from the top of the world to the amateur football clubs, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start.

"So how can I?"

The France global put in a man-of-the-match display as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat their local rivals and delay Pep Guardiola's side from winning the Premier League title.

Perhaps it was a outcome of not actually being from the city (just a few miles away from being a textbook "Surrey Red"), but I'd never taken up the traditional hatred of City.

"We come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by making the players work hard and understand that it is not enough to deserve to finish second, we need the points to finish second", said the Portuguese. "That has happened. We have to try to focus on our games".

"So for me, that's not going to change what they've done this year, even if they lose against Tottenham today".

Mourinho told MUTV defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all available to return to the squad from their respective injuries for the visit of the Baggies.