Jose Mourinho explains why he had to make changes against Reading

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho has explained why he had to make changes to his Manchester United squad against Reading.

The Portuguese boss made nine changes against Jaap Stam’s side for the FA Cup clash with Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all rested.

He has been rotating his squad with the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City to come on Tuesday and has had to find the right balance in his side.

Speaking about his players, Mourinho insists he trusted that they’d be able to go out and deliver a win.

“Every match is important for us, every match is important for Manchester United,” he said.

“You see I change a few players, but I change because I trust these guys.

“If I don’t trust them, if I think I lose the game with the team, I don’t play this team.

“We have a match on Tuesday and we want to go to the final. We are in the semi so I’m going to bring other people for Tuesday because it’s a semi-final.”

Mourinho trusted his players and they went out and repaid his faith with a brilliant showing against Reading, moving further in the FA Cup with ease while putting in a massively entertaining performance.

United have been in fine form under Mourinho and hopes are they can maintain their showings with a busy schedule of fixtures in January.

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