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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mourinho: It hurts me top drop players

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho said it hurts him to have to leave players out of his side as he plans for Sunday's Premier League clash at Everton.

Mourinho handed Anthony Martial a start along with Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan and even brought out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on as a late substitute in the 4-1 League Cup quarter-final win over West Ham on Wednesday night.

Martial had missed out on the Premier League draw against West Ham last weekend and Mourinho said rotating his squad gave him no pleasure. "It hurts me, it hurts me," he said.

"It hurts me a lot to leave (Memphis) Depay and Ashley Young at home. It hurts me a lot like last week when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I'll leave another one.

"We have so many players for these positions and it's good for me but it's bad for them ... I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me."

Midfelder Mkhitaryan, who has featured in only 10 games this season, was in the thick of things, supplying a backheeled assist for Ibrahimovic's early opener and a well-judged cut back set Martial up for his first goal.

"We know the reason we bought him and were waiting for his reputation. It looks like it's coming," Mourinho added.

Schweinsteiger's return from exile was complete against the Hammers and his United colleagues couldn't have been happier.

"Bastian got an unbelievable reception. It was great for him. Just to see him back playing. He nearly scored as well, so that would have been nice. It was good to see him back," said Michael Carrick.

"You understand all sorts of situations occur in football. You get on with it. Decisions are made by people," added Carrick.

"Bastian has trained well. He has trained hard. He has got his game against West Ham, which is great. Who knows what the future will hold?" he added.

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