Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: Lukaku Was Not Ready to Start

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: Lukaku Was Not Ready to Start

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JOSE Mourinho said Romelu Lukaku told him he was not fit enough to start the FA Cup final.

The striker began the game on the bench, coming on in the 73rd minute for Marcus Rashford as United suffered a 1-0 loss.

Belgium international Lukaku had spent the last three weeks sidelined with an ankle injury and returned to United's Carrington training complex on Tuesday after undergoing treatment at the Move to Cure centre in Antwerp.

Mourinho insists it was an easy decision not to start Lukaku after their pre-match chat.

"When a player tells you he is not ready to start the game, then the question is how many minutes you think you can," Mourinho said. "But how can I convince a player who tells me he is not ready to play? …

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