Jose Mourinho has explained his Manchester United team selection against Southampton in the Premier League, claiming he needed to pick a team with the right balance to rest players.
He introduced Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini for the team’s clash with David de Gea, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard dropping out, while Paul Pogba is still missing on compassionate grounds after the death of his father.
The Portuguese boss would have liked to rotate more of his team, but as the side face a busy schedule of fixtures, Mourinho’s main aim is to keep the squad fit until the Europa League final against Ajax.
Speaking about his options, Mourinho claims the squad are still working hard in preparation for the final.
“I need to pick a team with some balance, I have to try to give rest to some and I have to try to give some minutes to others as well. We have two more matches to play before the final and this is what I’ve done,” he said.
“We’ll try to be working in training and preparing for the final but we have two matches to play. I would like to make more changes, give more rest but we feel there is a possibility at least to do what we did against Arsenal and Tottenham, compete for the result before the final. We are going to do that again tonight.
All aims are on the Europa League and hopes are the players can keep fit as they still need to face Crystal Palace just three days before our most important fixture of the season.