Jose Mourinho has backed his decision to stop Romelu Lukaku from taking a penalty against Benfica by insisting he “does not see the drama.”
“I don’t understand why everyone asks me the same, I am paid to take decisions good or bad.
“In the first half, the decision was bad. In the second half, I made another decision and I don’t see the drama.
“The penalty-taker for this match was Martial, he was not even on the pitch for the second one. Romelu wants to take, he has the personality and character to take the responsibility, Herrera was the same, but my decision was based on training in the past couple of days.
“The players respected my decision and that was it, end of story.”
“It is better for the specialists to comment on the game than for me to give my opinion. I am paid to do my work, which I do every day, and the specialists are paid to comment on my work, so let them comment,” he said.
“I am more than happy. We changed a lot of players, we broke the natural dynamic of the team and routines of the team. We played a kid [Scott McTominay] from the academy.
“We scored two goals, we didn’t concede, three more points, 12, more money for the club because every victory means money. No significant injuries, just something in Jesse [Lingard]’s back, but nothing important. I’m more than happy.”
“I don’t know what is the importance [of finishing top] because sometimes a team finishes first and gets a difficult draw against second and sometimes you get second and get somebody you didn’t expect, so I don’t know.
“What I know is we want to win the maximum points, we didn’t qualify yet, so we are going to try to win the next two matches and finish with 18 points. It would be nice.
“The last time Manchester United was in the Champions League they finished third and went out so it would be nice to do it and we will try.”
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