Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to play Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in Manchester United’s EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday evening, claiming they needed somebody with the same characteristics of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian picked up an injury before the clash and it’s a shame because he he been fit, he would have definitely played a massive role at Wembley.
Martial and Lingard were two of six changes that Mourinho made from the side that beat Saint Etienne, and they performed well in Mkhitaryan’s absence.
Speaking prior to the clash, Mourinho insisted his decisions were to help the team score goals.
“We don’t have [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan so we think we need somebody with these characteristics,” he said.
“[Someone who can] drive the ball and has good dynamics in movement – so we made that decision.
“We want to win the cup, to win the cup we need to score goals.”
Martial was working hard all night, and Lingard found another moment of magic at Wembley as he scored United’s second goal of the game.
Mourinho has become the first manager to win a trophy in his debut season at Old Trafford after Zlatan Ibrhaimovic found his 26th goal of the season.