Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained why he made the decision to take Paul Pogba off in the team’s 1-0 defeat against West Brom.
The Red Devils succumbed to a disappointing loss against the Baggies at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as a late Jay Rodriguez goal sealed a win for the visitors.
United were not at their best and Mourinho made numerous alterations to his side throughout the match, including the withdrawal of Pogba.
The Frenchman turned in a sublime second-half performance against Manchester City last week, in which he found the net on two occasions. Against West Brom, however, he could not replicate the same level.
Mourinho decided to substitute Pogba and replace him with Anthony Martial in the second-half. The United boss explained the thinking behind his decision and implied that he felt Pogba was over-complicating things when in possession.
As quoted by the Daily Star, the United manager addressed why he made the bold move against West Brom.
Paul’s game was complicated like many others, always one more touch, one more turn. In the first half I felt I had to bring one player with more dynamic and a player that runs more and has more touches of the ball.
I had to make a decision one midfield player out to bring in Jesse Lingard and then after that I wanted more width, and Paul had a yellow card and before that he had a situation not for a second yellow but you never know in football the way the referees react to that, so I reacted to that.