Jose Mourinho has revealed Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not feature for Manchester United against Feyenoord on Thursday following their performances at the derby.
Both Lingard and £26.3m summer signing Mkhitaryan were subbed off at half time at Old Trafford after struggling to influence the game.
United take on the dutch side in their first Europa League group stage game, but Mourinho has insisted his omission of the attacking midfielders is not to punish them – he has made the decision off the back of their underwhelming performance.
“The performances are the deciding factor,” said Mourinho. “How can I decide? Performances are the only way that I can decide.
“So if you’re asking me if they’re going to play against Feyenoord [in United’s opening Europa League group game in Rotterdam on Thursday], then no.
“And it’s not to punish them, it’s just to decide in relation to what I have. And what do I have? Their performances. So of course I’m going to play other players.”
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Culled from Sqauwka