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Jose Mourinho defends giving penalty to Daley Blind ahead of Romelu Lukaku

The world is a silly place.

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Jose Mourinho defended giving Daley Blind the responsibility of taking the second penalty against Benfica last night. Anthony Martial had missed the first one, and it seemed like Romelu Lukaku would end a barren run which, at the time, stood at five games. However, Blind was given the duty and blasted his effort down the middle of the goal to secure the win for Manchester United, and Lukaku moves onto six games without a goal. Quite why this is especially important, it is not clear. Lukaku hasn’t been bad of late, but hasn’t had too many chances, and he doesn’t appear lacking in confidence.

In The Telegraph, there’s praise for Marcus Rashford, who won the second penalty. On his 20th birthday, his driving run in from the left earned a penalty in a meaninglessly similar way to Martial’s early penalty win. Without Rashford, we would largely have been effed for the last two seasons, but it’s a pointless exercise to carry out, so why are we?

Gary Neville thinks that whoever sold Nemanja Matic to United from Chelsea should be sacked. It’s quite tedious all this business, given Antonio Conte has talent and should be trusted to build a team to his own tastes, rather than constantly stick with what has worked in the past.

Jose Mourinho is going back to Spain to face tax fraud allegations in court. Let’s all hope for a long court case, followed by a dissolution of extradition treaties after Brexit. A fine and a suspended sentence seems to be the likeliest outcome if he is guilty, because rich people don’t go to jail for breaking the law if society can help it.

And Paul Scholes thinks it will be good when Paul Pogba gets back from injury because he is a good player and it is nice to have good players in your team.