Jose Mourinho explains why he benched Ander Herrera against Anderlecht

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has opened up about why he started Ander Herrera on the bench against Anderlecht, claiming it’s impossible to play the Spaniard in every single game.

Herrera has been a vital player at Old Trafford this season, and many saw just how good he’s been following his Man of the Match display against Chelsea in the Premier League over the weekend as he picked up an assist, a vital goal and marked Eden Hazard out of the game.

He was widely expected to feature in the Europa League second-leg tie at Old Trafford but it’s better to give him a rest than to have him sidelined with any sort of injury, even though he came on later on to help control the game.

Speaking prior to the game, Mourinho explained why he named Herrera as a substitute.

“It is impossible for Herrera to play every match unless you are the only centre-backs we have in the team,” he said.

“Mentally we played against the leaders and it is important to have a bit of rotation. Sunday we have another important match against a fresh team.”

Mourinho made five changes to his team for the Europa League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford and there’s no doubt Herrera should return to the starting line-up to face Burnley in the Premier League over the weekend.

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