Jose Mourinho has praised a certain aspect of Anthony Martial’s game, claiming it is a feature even Marcus Rashford does not posses.
The Manchester United manager seems to have a preference for Rashford over Martial, with the latter often being given the role as an impact sub. It is a role he has fulfilled with some distinction, even though he would much rather start games from the kick-off.
Many have often questioned why Mourinho has not started both players at the same time, but there seems to be a logical explanation for it, which the Portuguese boss sought to point out.
Martial was brought on for Rashford yet again in their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The substitution was initially booed by the United faithful, but it turned out to be an absolute masterstroke, with the young Frenchman becoming the hero of the day by scoring the winner in the 81st minute – another big goal in a big game.
Speaking after securing the three points at Old Trafford, Jose explained why he brought Martial off the bench instead of starting him.
He said: “Same position as Marcus, but more comfortable dropping in between the lines to have the ball and to try to drive the ball, not just to attack space.
“I was telling him to do that, but at the same time to play from Lukaku, against three very good central defenders, but three central defenders who had a hard match for 60, 70 minutes against Lukaku and Rashford.”
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