Jose Mourinho says there is "no drama" over Daley Blind taking the penalty in Tuesday’s Champions League win
Posted: 1 November 2017 Time: 09:02
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists there is “no drama” over his decision to hand Daley Blind penalty duties during Tuesday’s 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over Benfica.
Mile Svilar’s own goal had gifted the Red Devils the opener on the stroke of half-time and United were then handed the chance to make sure of the result 12 minutes from time after winning a penalty.
And while both Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera initially opted to take kicking duties, Mourinho ultimately made the decision to hand the responsibility to Blind, who made no mistake to fire home.
"I don't understand why everyone asks me the same," Mourinho said. "I'm paid to take decisions, good or bad. In the first half, the decision was bad, because the player that I chose to take the penalty missed.
"In the second half I made another decision, and I don't see the drama because there is no drama. The penalty taker for this match was Martial. He took in the first half and missed, he was not even on the pitch for the second penalty, and then I have to make a decision.
"Romelu wants to take, has the personality to take the responsibility, Herrera the same, but my decision, based on what we did in training in the past couple of days, was Blind. The players respected my decision, and that's it, end of story."