Mourinho explains Mata substitution during Manchester United Community Shield win over Leicester

Spanish midfielder was named on the bench at Wembley, was brought on and then taken off.

Jose Mourinho has revealed he was forced to replace Juan Mata in the final stages of the Community Shield at Wembley because of Leicester’s aerial threat.

The Spaniard came on as a second-half substitute for goalscorer Jesse Lingard but was replaced with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in stoppage time as Mourinho subbed his sub.

Mata looked upset on the touchline immediately after his substition. But Mourinho explained afterwards he was forced to make the change to deal with Leicester’s direct tactics as they chased an equaliser.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late winner was enough for Mourinho to lift his first trophy as United manager after Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Lingard’s opener.

Mourinho said: “Juan played well. He gave me exactly what I need. I have to take the smallest player off because the game will end in long balls.”

The United manager is also looking forward to a free week ahead of the Premier League opener against Bournemeouth.

He added: “It’s very important, very important. One day to rest, one week to work.

“The fact we play Sunday gives us one extra day, it’s a very important week, we have no injuries, of course we have a suspension with Smalling but we have no injuries.

“I think Lingard must not have anything really serious so we are in good condition to work but of course there is a long way to go.”

Credit: Manchester Evening News

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