Manchester United manager José Mourinho has defended his decisions to bench Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford since the second half of this campaign.

Anthony Martial was one of the best performers for the Red Devils in the opening period of the season but the Frenchman was surprisingly fizzled out of the team’s starting lineup by José Mourinho towards the festive period.

To worsen the situation for the 24-year-old, Jesse Lingard entered a blistering form, scoring and creating many goalscoring opportunities for his teammates and that further pushed the former Monaco player down the pecking order.

Just as Martial, Marcus Rashford is rated one of Premier league’s brightest youngsters heading into the season but his qualities seem to have depreciated due to lack of regular actions.

The acquisition of Alexis Sanchez in the previous transfer market has dashed the player’s hope of returning to Mourinho’s starting lineup before the end of the season.

When asked for the reason behind his decision to bench both players throughout the season in his pre-match conference, Mourinho told reporters that he could only start 11 players in a single match so there is no room for the young talents.

He also showed how bad he felt for dropping both players from his regular starters but he admits he wouldn’t drop in-form Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from his lineup so as to create space for the talented youngsters in his starting 11.

With Mourinho’s latest comment, both players could be tempted to end their stay at Old Trafford in the summer as they would love to move to another club where regular action is guaranteed.


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