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Man Utd boss Mourinho: I couldn't hook Lingard, Mkhitaryan after 20mins

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he fluffed his selection for derby defeat to Manchester City.

Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were brought in to the line-up for the derby, but replaced at half-time after poor displays.

Mourinho took responsibility for mistakes in the team set-up and, despite insisting they were not the only poor performers, suggested the duo could have come off sooner.

"I didn't change after 20 minutes because I don't want to destroy the players," he said.

"I didn't want to make three changes at half-time because I was afraid in long 45 minutes something happened.

"If it was a sport with a free number of changes and where the changes during the first half is something normal like basketball and all this kind of stuff, I would do after 20 minutes.

"But I did at half-time, we changed the direction of the game but we didn't get the compensation I think we deserved in the second half."

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