Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his decision to take off Paul Pogba against Tottenham was ‘tactical’.
MauricioPochettino‘s side took the lead after just 11 seconds at Wembley when Christian Eriksen capitalised on some lax defending to put the hosts ahead.
PhilJones’ own goal doubled Spurs’ advantage and Mourinho took the surprising decision to substitute Pogba for Marouane Fellaini midway through the second half when United were chasing a goal.
It’s the first time that Pogba has been taken off by Mourinho in a league game since he rejoined the club for £89m from Juventus and Mourinho says the move was purely tactical and the midfielder was not carrying an injury.
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No,No’ said Mourinho, when asked if Pogba had sustained an injury
‘It was just to change for Fellaini. We had to try different qualities with different players.’
Alexis Sanchez was making his Premier League debut for the Red Devils but the Chilean endured a 90 minutes to forget in north-west London. Mourinho started Sanchez on the left before moving him into the middle during the second half and the 55-year-old said he was pleased with the Chilean’s effort – above all – against Spurs.
‘He worked hard but the transformation the game had meant the game was not for him,’ said Mourinho. ‘In the second half I tried to give him a position where he could be closer to Lukaku but then he was dropping too much to organise. ‘But he gave everything with a good effort and it’s a good feeling for me to know that he is available with this spirit.’
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