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Jose Mourinho aims dig at Pep Guardiola over substitute row?

Jose Mourinho aims dig at Pep Guardiola?
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seemingly aims a thinly-veiled dig at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over his decision to leave a space on the bench.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly aimed a thinly-veiled swipe at rival manager Pep Guardiola over the latter's controversial decision to only include six substitutes during a recent Premier League game.

Guardiola was widely questioned for leaving an open space on the bench during Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Burnley earlier this month, with critics suggesting that he should have used the opportunity to give a youngster a taste of a first-team matchday.

Mourinho appeared to take a similar view by including youngster Ethan Hamilton in his squad alongside fellow academy product Angel Gomes for this evening's FA Cup clash with Huddersfield Town - just a day after he was in action for the youth team - and Mourinho believes that it will be a useful experience for the 19-year-old.

When asked about 'other managers' who had left a space on the bench, Mourinho told BT Sport: "I think it's a beautiful moment for the players, even if they don't play.

"Gomes did play for us a couple of times in the Premier League and the FA Cup. Of course I have on the bench four senior players ready to play without any question mark in relation to experience and the fact he played yesterday.

"I'm not going to play Hamilton but I would prefer to have him and I'm pretty sure he's happy to be here."

United are bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the fourth season in a row.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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