Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he would have picked a different team in hindsight after their 2-1 home defeat in the derby against Manchester City on Saturday.
Mourinho opted to pick Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard as wide players, while leaving out Anthony Martial and Juan Mata. Both Mkhitaryan and Lingard were substituted off at half-time after lacklustre displays while City dominated in a classy display.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Honestly, I had two or three players in the first half who, if I knew what I know now, I don’t play them. But this is football. Sometimes players disappoint managers. Sometimes they give great surprises.
“They didn’t give me what I want. It’s their fault and it’s my fault because I’m the manager.” United fell 2-0 behind following goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho before Zlatan Ibrahimovic cut the deficit shortly before half-time after a blunder from City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Discussing the match, Mourinho added: “In the first half, they were much better. We started the game badly. Some players were really below their normal level. We needed to be sharp. The team paid for it.
“The second half was completely different. When they brought on Fernando so soon, it’s because they felt we were in control, much more dangerous.”