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Mourinho says the decision of penalty taker was mine

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 01:04

He denies snub for Lukaku in favour of Blind

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 31, 2017)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYS: "You know I don't understand why everyone asks me the same. You know I am paid to take decisions good or bad. In the first half the decision was bad. Because the player I choosed to take the penalty missed. In the second half I took another decision and I don't see the drama because there is no drama. The penalty taker for this match was Martial. He took in the first half and missed. He was not even on the pitch when the second one was. And then I have to make a decision. Romelu (Lukaku) wants to take. He has the personality, he had the personality to take the responsibility. Herrera the same. But my decision, based on our training over the past couple of days was Blind. The players respected my decision and that's it. End of Story." STORY: Manchester United are almost certain to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday (October 31) to make it a perfect four wins in Group A. An own goal by Benfica's 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar on the stroke of halftime and a Daley Blind penalty in the 78th minute were enough for United, who struggled at times to find their fluency. After the match the principal talking point was how Anthony Martial, the designated penalty taker for Manchester United, missed a penalty in the first half, and Daley Blind was chosen to take a second penalty in the second, converting it. Without a goal in the previous five games, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was quick to grab the ball when his team were awarded the penalty in the 78th minute but Jose Mourinho signalled he wanted someone else to take the spot-kick. It was an unusual scene but Mourinho said it was simply the boss doing his job, and he failed to see any drama in the choice. "My decision, based on what we did in training in the past couple of days, was Blind. The players respected my decision and that is it - end of story," Mourinho said.

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Mourinho says the decision of penalty taker was mine

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 01:04