MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose not to bring Anthony Martial off the bench in the win against Leicester.
The Red Devils kicked off the new Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over the Foxes.
Paul Pogba – who was named captain by Mourinho – got them off to a flying start converting a penalty in the third minute.
And Luke Shaw made it 2-0 with an accomplished finish in the 83rd minute.
Jamie Vardy scored in injury time to give Leicester a consolation but United walked away with all three points.
“Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn’t make that change”
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho
After the match Mourinho said: “Mr Scudamore must be happy, it’s a good way to start the Premier League.
“A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three. I want to play Martial but I can’t, Paul Pogba can’t play 90, Fred the same. I need more changes.
“It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline. But I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play. Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team.
“The team played as a team. In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. We were in trouble.
“Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn’t make that change. The players gave everything, they gave what they had. Everybody did that.”
Martial has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
And he could still exit with the transfer windows for Spain, Italy and Germany still open.
Martial fell down the pecking order at United last season with Mourinho preferring Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez as options.
United are in action against Brighton next weekend in their second game of the Premier League season.
The Red Devils will want to start fast and put champions Manchester City under pressure.
Martial will hope to force his way into the starting line-up in coming weeks or force a move away from Old Trafford.