Jose Mourinho insists he had to play an attacking Manchester United side against Hull City in the FA Cup to ensure the players could close the game out.
The Portuguese boss decided to play Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard out wide, injecting a massive attacking threat into the side which combined well with the squad as he chose to deploy most of his strongest players.
Speaking prior to the clash, Mourinho claimed his side could not rely on defending for 90 minutes.
“I’ve told my team the game is open,” he said.
“For sure Hull City players still have hopes and dreams. We have to play to win the match.
“We cannot defend for 90 minutes. The players are really motivated. We’ve had a difficult run to get in this position and a final is always important.”
It’s a brilliant decision from Mourinho to put some priority on the competition, as some silverware would be a massive boost for the players at this stage in the season.
United also face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Fourth round on Sunday and he’ll be looking to rotate his squad because Mourinho’s men face Hull City once again in the Premier League just a few days later.