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Jose Mourinho explains mass changes for Tottenham Hotspur match

Jose Mourinho explains mass changes
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho explains why he decided to make six changes to his starting lineup for tonight's meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho has suggested that he was left with little choice but to heavily rotate Manchester United's starting lineup for tonight's home match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils have made six changes for the big showdown at Old Trafford, a little over a week on from their shock 3-2 loss at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Among those to return to the starting lineup for United are Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic, who have missed the opening two games of the season through injury, while Jesse Lingard starts for the first time after a reduced pre-season.

Asked about his decision to change more than half of his side for the visit of Spurs, Mourinho told Sky Sports News: "We didn't play well [at Brighton], we made mistakes, we change the team.

"The match before [against Leicester City] we played well, no mistakes, total control, deserved victory, we didn't change the team. If I don't play Valencia, Matic, Lingard when they are ready, I don't think you'd accept it, you'd ask why I didn't play important players if they were ready.

"[Matic] is always the same, he is a play that gives balance, experience. Andreas [Pereira] was playing really well, but Matic is a different player, I don't mean level of quality but level of experience. I think we need that."

Pereira, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly have been left out of United's matchday squad entirely.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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