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Jose Mourinho explains why he dropped Anthony Martial vs Feyenoord

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Manchester United were back to their best against Feyenoord in the Europa League last night.

Goals from Wayne Rooney - which saw him become United's all-time top goalscorer in Europe - Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard secured a comfortable 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

Brad Jones' comical own goal in the 75th minute was the icing on top of the cake, with Jose Mourinho pleased with his side's performance.

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"Yeah I'm happy," he told United's official website. "This was a performance and a result.

"I was saying before the match, performance without result is not good but gives you a future. A bad performance with a good result is a happy moment but it's just a happy moment, not a happy future.

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"And this time they played very well again with goals and it's important for us because we always said since day one we want to do well in the Europa League."

One major talking point ahead of the game - Mkhitaryan's inclusion aside - was Mourinho dropping Anthony Martial from United's squad.

The Frenchman started against Arsenal over the weekend but, for one reason or another, didn't even make the bench.

Rumours quickly suggested Martial was injured, but Mourinho has since refuted such claims and explained why he didn't pick him.

"He (Martial) was okay for this game, it was just an option [not to pick him]," the Portuguese said. "He played last Sunday, I cannot play with 12 players, I cannot use on the bench 19 or 20.

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"You wanted to see Mkhitaryan, I wanted too. I cannot play all of them at the same time so it was just an option.

"Players have to win their positions. They are friends, they are colleagues, they work together every day, but at the end they compete between themselves to have more chances to play.

"Anthony played against Arsenal; this was the moment to give a chance to Mkhitaryan to start."

Martial ultimately hasn't done enough this season to warrant a consistent starting role, having scored two goals and made a further two assists in all competitions.

Mourinho, as mentioned, opted for Mkhitaryan out wide and it proved a wise move.

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The Armenian was brilliant at the Theatre of Dreams and showed signs of his previous scintillating form with some superb runs.

Mourinho praised Mkhitaryan in a post-match interview but insisted the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker must keep performing to nail down a place in his starting XI.

"He needs now to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League," he added, per Manchester Evening News.

"The Europa League is different, he needs one more step and it gives him the right to believe he can play in the next match and play with more physicality, more aggression.

"But he has the quality and that is why we bought him."

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