Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Why Manchester United Manager José Mourinho Is Having Headache Over Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho admits he has an attacking selection dilemma - but the Manchester United boss has praised Anthony Martial for adding to his quandary.

Martial has answered Mourinho's call to improve his workrate and the 21-year-old Frenchman added that to an entertaining and goalscoring man of the match performance against Burton Albion in the 4-1 Carabao Cup win.

His start against the Championship side was only Martial's third of the season with the Reds manager preferring Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford for the majority of the campaign.

And Mourinho has sympathy for the forward.

“It’s hard for him but it’s hard for many others. So many players are in good moments, playing well. It’s hard for all of them,” he said.

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial

“When I see the match last Wednesday (against Burton), the attacking players - Martial, Rashford, Mata, Lingard - which one deserves to be on the bench? No-one. Nobody deserves to be on the bench.

“But they are four, plus Lukaku and Mkhitaryan is six. I cannot play with the six.

Mourinho wouldn't be averse to a Lukaku-Rashford-Martial three-pronged spearhead.

“Yes, sure. And then I leave Mata and Mkhitaryan out and you say why?” he added.

“But Anthony is improving a lot. Not just on his will, his desire to do it, but being effective on that. Very good.

“All of them give me options. All of them are fast one against one. All of them can score more goals than they do.”

Fans and critics have been wowed by the return of United's attacking pace this season but Mourinho doesn't think it has every gone away.

Source: Manchester Evening News