Minutes after the final whistle at Old Trafford which found Manchester United through to the Europa League semifinals, Jose Mourinho revealed that he almost substituted the player who was meant to score United’s second, and most crucial, goal, in extra-time.
After 90 minutes, before I know that I have to change Zlatan, he had cramp, I had Ashley Young ready to come on, and he told me I’m going to play for 30 minutes with cramps, no problem
the Portuguese manager said about Marcus Rashford in the Press conference.
He said if you need to make a change in another position I am ready for it. These kind of things make me trust the players. There are technical aspects, but the mentality is the reason why I kept Marcus on the team all the time, because of that
Mourinho said, obviously impressed by his young attacker. United’s manager had a few words of praise for Luke Shaw as well, though.
I always trust the players with special mentality. Always trust them. Luke Shaw did something new today, it means a lot for me
were the Portuguese’s words. As for how bad the news was about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo’s injuries (both of them had to be substituted), Mourinho looked pessimistic, but avoided expanding on the subject, preferring to wait for the results of the tests the two players will go through, to fully assess the severity of their injuries.