Explained: Mourinho Has One Problem With Rashford And Martial

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Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are two of the most exciting young forwards in football at the moment. Blessed with equally blistering pace, a fancy set of tricks and flicks, and an eye for goal, many believed that these two would shape up the next generation of United, and work together in tandem to tear opposition defenses apart.

That, though, has been anything but the case since Jose Mourinho took over the reins at Old Trafford last year. The Portuguese has been anything but willing to give the fans what they want, and that is a start for both players. Martial down the left, Rashford down the right, and Romelu Lukaku in the middle, could it get more exciting than that?

However, that’s just not how Mourinho likes his team to play the game, and there is a key point about both the United starlets that is specifically holding the 54-year-old manager back from offering both of them a starting berth in the same team.

That key factor, according to a fan on twitter, is the fact that both stars are more suited to the no.9 role than out on the flanks. United’s boss is a man who thrives on defensive set-ups, but Martial and Rashford can often be seen avoiding tracking back and sitting in more advanced wide roles.

This is not something that Mourinho appreciates, and the fan, who goes by the username of reverse_ball, released a 13-tweet thread explaining his reasons as to why he believes the Old Trafford boss isn’t starting the duo together.

Here are the tweets in full:


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Written by Reyhan Ashley  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.



  1. sara bwex on October 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    His tweets explains everything.. I don’t know wat to say now bt trading rashford I don’t think that’s good idea..

  2. Eric on November 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Jose should leave United, old fashioned manager

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