Jose Mourinho does disservice to Rashford and Martial with press conference answers

Poll Man City victims of poor decisions against Liverpool and United

Poll Man City victims of poor decisions against Liverpool and United

Anthony Martial wants assurances from Jose Mourinho about his long-term future at Manchester United, according to reports in the British media.

It is just football, we can not have just 11 players.

"It would be awesome economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, no suspension, no fatigue", Mourinho said.

"So at every club at every level, from the top of the world until the amateur football clubs you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start, it is as simple as that, there is nothing I can do".

Rashford was named as a substitute but only came on for Alexis Sanchez with eight minutes to go, after Paul Pogba had netted twice as United overturned a two-goal deficit to win 3-2.

Adding that he had not selected Rashford for his recent starting line-ups "because I decide that way", Mourinho said: "If I were you, I would go in another direction [with your question]".


United have 71 points from 32 matches, four ahead of third-placed Liverpool who have played one more game.

The forward has played 97 matches as both a starter and a substitute since the Portuguese manager replaced Louis Van Gaal in August 2016.

Lukaku is the club's only out-and-out striker following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last month.

"I am surprised the quality, the experience of numerous players, the squad, the stability of the past years, is a surprise for me they find themselves in this position", Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

At one stage, it had appeared that Martial could be a possible back-up to Lukaku although Mourinho has long since abandoned that experiment. "Probably I have to reduce and send some away and have a squad of 12 players". A lot of people have that dream, so you're not only doing it for you; you're doing it for a lot of people that you might not even know, but there are a lot of people who had the dream of playing for their local team when they were young.

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