Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace Marcus Rashford with Anthony Martial during Man Utd’s clash with Tottenham on Saturday didn’t seem to go down too well with the home faithful, as there were sounds of jeers from the stands.
It turned out to be a pretty sensible decision given that the French international came off the bench to score the winning goal, but it was arguably the fact that Rashford came off that upset some sections of Old Trafford as he had looked a threat.
Nevertheless, Mourinho was ultimately vindicated in his choice to make the swap, as his side secured all three points to remain within five points of rivals Man City at the top of the Premier League table.
However, he still decided to take up the jeering in his post-match interview, as he questioned why the supporters would voice discontent with the change with Romelu Lukaku and Martial working together well previously.
“I really don’t understand some reactions.??Are??they??Red Devils? Sometimes I don’t know because our players work amazingly well,” he said, as reported by The Sun.
“There were two strikers playing together (Romelu Lukaku and Martial) against three top central defenders — the best we have in Europe — and their work was amazing.”
It’s not the first time Martial has come off the bench to make a decisive impact this season either, and so perhaps the takeaway from the game was to trust Mourinho’s judgement as he secured an important victory having come under pressure after the goalless draw at Anfield as well as the shock defeat to Huddersfield Town.
While some will celebrate his openness and courage to question some supporters, it may not reflect too well on him as the last thing he wants to do is create a potential issue between himself and the United faithful.