Date: 20th November 2017 at 10:12am
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On Saturday, against Newcastle United, we witnessed something of a rarity.

Apart from conceding a goal at Old Trafford, the first in the Premier League this season, the fixture also saw Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford appearing in the same Manchester United starting eleven.

After the game Jose Mourinho spoke about why the duo are very rarely in the same starting eleven with the boss quoted in the news source, Independent, as having remarked,

“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.

“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”


Is everyone happy with the explanation from the boss?

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