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Mourinho explains why he used Mkhitaryan at LEFT-BACK against Boro

Date Posted,December 31, 2016

Jose Mourinho has revealed why Henrikh Mkhitaryan ended Manchester United ‘s thrilling comeback win over Middlesbrough playing at left-back.

Grant Leadbitter fired Boro into a shock lead before Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba struck twice in 90 seconds to complete a thrilling turnaround.

The closing stages saw attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan deployed in defence and Mourinho explained why in his post-match press conference.

“I put Mkhitaryan at left-back when we scored the second goal because at 1-0 it was Negredo and Traore against Bailly and Rojo – two against two,” he said.

“Valencia was the winger, we had no left-back and we went for everything.

“Then when we scored the second goal, obviously, we started to close.

“I thought Micki was really fresh and could do a better job at left-back than other players and I wanted to keep Herrera and Pogba in the middle, and we managed to keep the 2-1.”

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