Jose Mourinho explains Manchester United selection against Blackburn Rovers

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he will ensure he selects a side strong enough to win Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup match at Blackburn Rovers, after regretting the time he threw away a tie as Chelsea boss.

12 years ago Mourinho could have played his strongest line-up in the FA Cup against Newcastle United, with massive matches against Barcelona in the Champions League and Liverpool in the League Cup final, but he decided against playing a weaker side as his players succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.

His side now face ASSE in the Europa League just three days after the clash against Blackburn on Sunday and then Southampton in the Football League Cup Final just four days after.

Speaking prior to the clash, Mourinho admits he is not looking to throw a game again.

“I threw it away. I gambled too much. I focused too much on Barcelona and Liverpool,” he said.

“It was good because we beat Barcelona and we won the final against Liverpool but the feeling that I had thrown it [the FA Cup tie at Newcastle] away was not good.

“I’m going to change a few players obviously but I’m going with a good team because I respect the competition a lot.

“If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better or because we didn’t play well, but I’m not going to throw it.”

Man United have a busy schedule of fixtures and not for the first time this season, Mourinho has already done a brilliant job of rotating the team and there’s no doubt he’ll have the squad depth to do so once again as the club continue to challenge for silverware on all four fronts.

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