Jose Mourinho reveals surprise reason why 28-year-old star missed Basel clash

September 13, 2017

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho explained the omission of fan favourite central midfielder Ander Herrera from his squad which stormed to a 3-0 win over Basel in Champions League opening match.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic started in midfield for the CL group stage clash but the latter was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 19th minute after picking up a hamstring injury.

Jose Mourinho also had Michael Carrick on the bench at Old Trafford and, with the Portuguese manager opting to play two in midfield, he felt no need to include Ander Herrera in his 18-man squad.

Afer goals from Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, Mourinho explained: ‘No reasons to be out. We are playing only with two midfield players, with Matic and Pogba, who are playing really well and without reason to change.

‘The only match we decided to play with three he played, today we went back to two again and I had on the bench Carrick and Fellaini, who were also important players last season.

‘We have a group of players who must be ready to play and not to play. Ashley Young was not on the bench in the last match and today he started the match and played 90 minutes and the next match you can have another surprise of some player you think is going to play and is not going to play.

‘It’s the squad we have, I have to use the players and that’s the life in clubs with squads of quality.’