Jose Mourinho has explained why he decided to play a strong Manchester United side in the clash against Saint Etienne on Wednesday night.
The Portuguese played the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata as they headed into the clash with a 3-0 lead in the first-leg.
Man United scored through Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first-half, but with the Armenian pulling up with a hamstring injury, he remains a doubt for Sunday’s League Cup final with Southampton.
Speaking prior to the clash, Mourinho explained why he made six changes to the team from the weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Blackburn.
“I don’t want to lose matches by sending the wrong message to my players with a weak line-up,” he said.
“Anything can happen in football and we have a situation that we shouldn’t waste.
“We shouldn’t put ourselves in great danger.
“I’m not saying that we have to score immediately, but we have to start playing well immediately.
“It’s an important game. We will try to get the result and go through to the draw on Friday.”
Mourinho insists he selected a strong side so United can keep up their momentum, and do so they did as Saint Etienne didn’t even look like scoring for most of the night.
Hopes are United can maintain their impressive form as they’ve still got a busy schedule of fixtures against Southampton, Bournemouth and Chelsea in the League Cup Final, Premier League and FA Cup Quarter-final respectively.