Hendrick, signed as a free agent in the summer following the expiry of his Burnley contract, had been an ever-present until Saturday’s home Premier League game against Chelsea.
“Any decision that you make is obviously going to be scrutinised – and rightly so,” said United’s head coach. “I just thought Isaac was ready. Jeff’s played a hell of a lot, non-stop for the past two months, and what I wanted was the ability of Isaac.
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"Had it taken the chance, maybe it was handball, but he had a big chance in the game, then maybe it would’ve been different. You make these decisions, these calls. I just thought Isaac was right for the game against Chelsea.”