Jose Mourinho explains Romelu Lukaku penalty snub

Date published: Tuesday 31st October 2017 11:34

Jose Mourinho has insisted that it was his decision to allow Daley Blind to take Man Utd’s second penalty against Benfica.

Anthony Martial missed the first pen, but a Mile Svilar own-goal and a Daley Blind penalty send the Red Devils six points clear at the top of Group A.

“I am more than happy,” he said. “We changed a lot of players, we broke the natural dynamic and routines of the team and we played a kid (Scott McTominay) from the academy. We scored two goals, did not concede, gained three more points, more money for the club because every victory means money and did not have any significant injuries.”

Mourinho discussed the second penalty, which Blind stepped up and converted, insisting it was his decision to let the Dutchman take it.

“Anthony Martial was the player to take penalties. He took it and missed, he was not on the pitch for the second one. The players were happy to take the responsibility, Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera but my choice was Daley Blind. That is my decision.

“We train, I analyse, I try to make the right decisions. Martial did not miss one and was taking them in training against three good goalkeepers, sometimes the choice is not the right one. Daley was my decision in the moment.”

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