Why I dropped Herrera from Champions League game - Mourinho

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Ander Herrera was Manchester United's most important player last season, but has struggled for games this term.Ander Herrera was Manchester United's most important player last season, but has struggled for games this term.


Jose Mourinho has explained why Ander Herrera did not even make the bench for their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

The Spaniard was not listed as United ran out 3-0 winners over Basel, raising concerns over whether he was injured.

Herrera, Player of the Year for last season, has struggled to get game time this season for United, but then, it was still a surprise he failed to make the bench on Tuesday, and Mourinho has an explanation.

"No reasons to be out,” Mourinho said of Herrera, who has made just two starts this season.

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“We are playing only with two midfield players, with (Nemanja) Matic and Pogba, which are playing really well and without reason to change.

“The only match that we decide to play with three (against Stoke) he played.

“Today we went back to two again and I had on the bench (Michael) Carrick and Fellaini, which were also important players in the last season.

“We have a group of players and the players must be ready to play and not to play.

“Ashley Young was not on the bench in the last match and today he started the match and he played for 90 minutes, and the next match you can have another surprise of some player that you think is going to play and is not going to play.

“It's the squad we have, I have to use the players and that's the life in clubs with squads of quality.”

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