Jose Mourinho: It "hurt" leaving two Man Utd players at home vs West Ham

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Jose Mourinho will have been very happy with what he saw during Manchester United's 4-1 demolition of West Ham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace, Anthony Martial got himself on the scoresheet and Henrikh Mkhitaryan produced another man-of-the-match performance.

Even the sight of Bastian Schweinsteiger making his return must have put a smile on his face.

United were dominant against the Hammers, enjoying 57% possession and finding the target with 10 out of their 19 attempted shots.

At long last, it seems the Red Devils are finding a bit of rhythm at home.

Mourinho made a few changes to his squad for the game, with Paul Pogba left out and Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford dropped to the bench.

The Portuguese was forced to leave a number of high-profile names at home and he's since explained how it "hurts" to not select two individuals in particular.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave [Memphis] Depay and Ashley Young at home.

"It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out [Anthony] Martial, and next week I'll leave another one.

"We have so many players for these positions and it's good for me but it's bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me."

Depay and Young certainly weren't missed at the Theatre of Dreams, but their omissions in a competition like the EFL Cup just goes to show how far they've fallen in the pecking order.

They've made just two Premier League starts between them this season, with Depay playing 20 minutes' worth of football in the top flight.

As for Young, he's been limited to just seven appearances in all competitions, five of which from the bench.

It seems inevitable that they'll leave at some point in the new year.

This is despite Mourinho promising that Depay has a role to play at United back in August: "Depay is very much part of my squad.

"I know you look at the last match and he was not even on the bench but in September we have the EFL Cup, Europa League and Premier League, so that will be the end of the frustration for the players not being selected at the moment.

"I was impressed with Depay at the last World Cup and that was two years ago when he was a very young kid.

"I watched him many times at PSV, and having that player in mind, I want to keep him. Especially as I see a good boy, a good professional.

"He is frustrated with what happened last season when he lost all his confidence but he will be back."

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