JOSE MOURINHO has explained that Alexis Sanchez is warming the bench because Manchester United didn’t know what state he was in after the international break.
The Chilean flew straight to London, avoiding Manchester, which left the club unable to assess what condition he was in after featuring for his country.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Special One said: “It is not a very specific plan, it is also about the players that you have available.
“We lost a lot of players in the national teams, especially in the Fellaini case where he was injured since Thursday last week, but we only realised he was injured Wednesday this week. Not easy with some players.
“Alexis came directly from Mexico to London, he didn’t even go to Manchester, we didn’t even know his condition. But that is the way it is, that is international football.
“Mata is Mata, he’s one of our team players, he’s always available for the team, thinks about the team, he’s not selfish or egocentric.
Sometimes he starts, sometimes from the bench. He’s a proper professional.”
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