Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford thanks to an Anthony Martial winner and this is exactly what Jose Mourinho said to the Frenchman before subbing him on in the 70th minute.
Talking to Sky Sports Martial revealed: “The manager told me to find space. I know that Lukaku is good with his head and I found the space and scored.” (Comments reported by the Daily Star.)
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Man United’s 1-0 victory was either a tactical masterclass or a stroke of defensive luck depending on who you ask. However, clever substitutions from Mourinho allowed United to maintain their second place position in the league and put three points between themselves and Spurs.
Anthony Martial has struggled to cement a place in the starting line-up but today’s winner is sure to act as more than a statement to Mourinho that he is ready to be given a starting position with Romelu Lukaku failing to score in United’s last four fixtures.
Fans and pundits alike were impressed by the Frenchman’s maturity when introduced from the bench at Old Trafford today with many now calling for him to be given a grater role in United’s plans.
Timing of Anthony Martial’s Premier League goals this season. 87, 84, 90, 81. Impact from the bench ??.
— JM (@Mourinholic) October 28, 2017
Anthony Jordan Martial.. we are not worthy.
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) October 28, 2017
All over. Mourinho making the ‘shush’ gesture to the camera at the final whistle. Martial the match winner. Jones very good. Won everything.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) October 28, 2017
Well done Man Utd v Spurs . Great statement from the lads. Clean sheet. Anthony Martial, cool as ice #MUFC#Result !
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) October 28, 2017