Mourinho explains Man United’s Martial, Rashford dilemma

Date published: Monday 20th November 2017 10:42

Jose Mourinho has explained the dilemma facing Manchester United when it comes to playing both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Both featured in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, only the 12th time that they have shared a pitch together throughout their careers.

Martial started on the left wing, while Rashford was used as a nominal striker alongside Romelu Lukaku.

Martial scored United’s first goal and both impressed on the left-hand side, with Mourinho explaining why they rarely play together after the game.

“They both like to play in the same position and that is difficult,” said Mourinho. “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.

“But we found then a certain balance and when they start finding, sometimes both, one opening the left and one on the mid-left between the striker and the left winger, it was the moment where we start creating more.

“But to be honest Newcastle was probably the team, not in the second half, but in the first half which come here and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas, and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance.

“So to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us.”

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