Jose Mourinho explains why Bailly and Smalling started against Middlesbrough

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has explained why he started Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling for Manchester United’s clash against Middlesbrough.

Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have been in spectacular form at Old Trafford in recent weeks, forming a brilliant partnership at the back.

However, Mourinho decided to rest the duo at Old Trafford on Monday evening, with Bailly and Smalling starting in their place.

Speaking prior to the game, Mourinho revealed why he decided to rotate his squad.

“I do it because I trust these players,” Mourinho said.

“Jones and Rojo are playing phenomenal, but I trust Bailly and Smalling so I change these two players because I trust them.

“If i don’t trust them I don’t change the team.

“Rooney is injured, Carrick is ill, but I have options.

“It’s a very difficult match and obviously very difficult two matches at the same time.”

Mourinho insists he trusted the players he brought in for United to pick up all three points at Old Trafford.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial were also introduced in the starting XI.

Rojo was brought on in the second-half for Daley Blind after the Dutchman picked up a yellow and helped close out the game.

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