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Mourinho Explains Fred Substitution

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why he substituted midfielder Fred after just 55 minutes of United’s last gasp 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

United were chasing a winner in the second half and Fred was replaced by Ander Herrera early in the second half.

“I think I was happy with bringing Ander to the game because normally the intention is, when you look for a better result than you have, it is to play attacking players or in theory to make attacking changes.

“But I felt that the team needed a player like Ander to give us balance in that position, to give us more pressure, recover the ball faster and also to protect Ashley Young, so I think I was happy with that change.

“The team was much better and we created lots of chances. That double chance, Ashley Young’s free-kick and Marcus Rashford’s rebound, I cannot believe that we didn’t score in that situation.

“I love the song ‘attack, attack, attack’ but you need to know that when you lose the ball, you have stability. We’re not showing this stability. There was a feeling of instability and today it happened again against a good team.”

 
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