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Jose Mourinho Acknowledges Mistake Made In United Lineup Against The Toons

Jose Mourinho Acknowledges Mistake Made In United Lineup Against The Toons
19/11/2017


Manchester United fielded Rashford and Martial in the starting line up against Newcastle United on Saturday, and the Red Devils Boss believes, that was the reason behind their early temporary defensive issues.

Manchester United went goal down early in the game but fought back for a comfortable 4-1 win, thereby retaining the eight point gap held between them and City rivals Manchester City.

The Portuguese admitted that his techniques was the reason to their defensive issues, Dwight Gayle scored, with Martial nodding the equaliser before Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku secured victory.

"[Rashford and Martial] both like to play in the same position and that is difficult," Mourinho said.

"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 started finding one opening on the left and one on the mid-left between the striker and the left winger, that was the moment where we start creating more."
He added "But, to be honest, Newcastle were probably the [better] team - not in the second-half, but in the first-half - and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas,"

"That was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance. To play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us."

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