Jose Mourinho Reveals Why He Substituted Luke Shaw At Half

Ruben Hill
March 20, 2018

"I think we deserved to win but I didn't have the reaction from all of the players".

Instead, he had to look at a typically disjointed showing from the Manchester club, with a Romelu Lukaku goal putting his charges ahead before the break.

"I didn't like the game".

As far as the fans are concerned, they sure were happy with the result but didn't seem convinced with the way their players performed.

"I had to change one of them and I decided Luke". Some of them were mentally strong enough with the football quality to play that was the reason we won.

"Matic was an island of personality of desire, of control..."

While he could rarely be said to have recovered his form since then, it is unquestionable that if reports of his desire to leave are confirmed, there will be plenty of potential suitors keen to take him off United's hands.

"But to be on the pitch and say give me the ball because I want to play, that's a little bit more hard, because not all of them were able to do it".

One pundit Mourinho has regularly clashed with, Paul Scholes, believes Mourinho's rant came after the wrong match.

Tottenham Hotspur also booked their place in the last four in more emphatic fashion thanks to Christian Eriksen's double in a 3-0 win at Swansea to make light of Harry Kane's absence through injury.

The goal was Lukaku's 12th goal in 11 FA Cup games and the Belgian's 25th of the season in all competitions, including goals in each round of the FA Cup.

Beside this, Chelsea has in the past sold one of their best players at the time in Juan Mata to Manchester United.

Mourinho had made little direct criticism of his team after Tuesday's poor display in the Champions League defeat by Sevilla or on Friday when he defended his work and questioned assumptions about United's heritage.

"I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford - with Porto and Real Madrid - so I don't think it's something new for the club", the Portuguese told reporters.

"In the Premier League you have six or seven teams who want to win the league, so it's not possible to always win", added Matic, with Manchester City enjoying a 16-point lead in England's top flight.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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