Mourinho Suprised By West Brom's Relegation Struggles, Defends Rashford Use

Mourinho Suprised By West Brom's Relegation Struggles, Defends Rashford Use

Jose Mourinho says the absence of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the Manchester United team is down to the strength of his first XI.

Martial has remained an unused substitute in Manchester United's last two Premier League games. Martial will be out of contract at the end of the next season and while the club do have an option of further extending his stay by another year, they were keen on securing the 22-year old's long-term future at the club.

RMC Sport (a reliable source) revealed on Tuesday that Martial, following a recent lack of game time under Jose Mourinho, would seek a new challenge next season, although conflicting reports have come out since.

The France worldwide has scored nine goals and made five assists in 26 Premier League games for the Red Devils so far this term, but he has only started 16 of those matches.

Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford & Anthony Martial all have to fight it out for a starting berth with both Martial and Rashford losing that battle at the moment.

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

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However, Mourinho insists he will not bring in any competition for the Belgian striker. We have played well against the top teams.

'At every club and every level, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start, is as simple as that, there's nothing I can do. "They know that. Everybody knows, they know and they still smell a chance, but every match that is played, if they don't get points, then they are closer to relegation, but I think they still believe that mathematically it's possible".

There were no crumbs of comfort for either Martial or Rashford but Mourinho, others would contest, is probably best off delivering his critiques to both players in private and away from the cameras.

"You always go to the one, the answer is if you want what I call dry answers".

"So I think you are playing not only for yourself and for the club, but for all the people that are living that dream through you".