Martial and Rashford embrace at Swansea.

Jose Mourinho explains why he rarely starts Martial and Rashford together

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Manchester United bounced back from the loss to Chelsea before the international break by recording a 4-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Despite coming off with 20 minutes to go, the returning Pogba was named Man of the Match for a virtuoso display, in which he scored and brilliantly assisted Anthony Martial's equaliser.

Lots of United fans have been crying out for Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Martial to all start together, and that's exactly what happened against Newcastle.


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The Red Devils looked very menacing with Rashford and Martial coming off either flank, and now Jose Mourinho has revealed why they are barely ever named in the same starting XI together.

One for the other, Jose

The early weeks of Man Utd's 2017-18 campaign were defined by Martial coming off the bench to replace Rashford, and score - or vice-versa.

The forwards have remarkably only started 12 games together in their entire respective United careers, and Mourinho has admitted that he struggles to fit the pair into the same side.

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Why doesn't Jose play them together?

According to the "Special One", the fact that neither Rashford or Martial like playing on the right-wing makes it difficult for him to name both of them in his starting XI.

"They both like to play in the same position and that is difficult," Mourinho said, via The Mirror. "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."

In fact, the Man United manager feels that what sparked his team's comeback against Newcastle was Rashford and Martial both operating towards the central and left areas of the pitch.

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League

"But we found then a certain balance and when they start finding, sometimes both, one opening the left and one on the mid-left between the striker and the left winger, it was the moment where we start creating more," Mourinho continued.

After suggesting that starting both attackers may upset the balance of his team, Mourinho added: "So, to play them together gives us things, but also takes some things from us."

With Juan Mata's lack of pace and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's recent drop in form, there is certainly a position on the right-hand side of Man United's midfield up for grabs.

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Do YOU think Rashford and Martial should start together more often for Man Utd? Leave YOUR opinion in the comments box below!

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