United haven’t dropped any points at home this season, and despite Newcastle taking an early lead, Jose Mourinho’s side fought back and showed their authority over the Magpies. Interestingly the manager had a rather surprising starting XI against Rafa Benitez’s side. And in the end, it all came together.
The former Chelsea boss started with both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the team, especially after having substituted one with the other on the left flank on most occasions.
Those moves paid off, and this time, with Juan Mata playing centrally, Rashford was supposed to play on the right-wing position, with Martial on his favoured left. The Frenchman scored a goal and the England international bagged an assist to show they were up for the game.
The gaffer rarely starts the duo together, and it was evident in the game as both players played mainly through the left, and sometimes centrally. Jose acknowledged later that for this very reason, he avoids including both in the same starting lineup, as they do not like to play on the right-wing position, and favour the left.
Mirror): “They both like to play in the same position and that is difficult. They both prefer to play on the left than the right. Both playing with another striker through the middle, we lose a point of contact with the midfield that we are used to, with the player playing behind the striker.”
The Portuguese added that despite the challenge, the duo gave freshness from the left side, and chances kept coming. But he confirmed that it isn’t something he would fancy for the long run, by adding: “So, to play them together gives us things, but also takes some things from us.”
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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