Mourinho also defended his decision to drop the Manchester United captain and insisted he still has a future at the club.

“That’s my job,” he added. “That’s a choice. He didn’t lose his place. Not at all. For me, he’s first choice. I have 24 players.

“The records are not important for me. A match is an isolated event. There’s no relation to what you did in the past, no relation to what you do in the future.

“That’s why I don’t like much the statistics of previous matches and previous results and this kind of thing.”