Martial came off the bench to help Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford in yesterday’s early kick off.
A defensive lapse from visitors Tottenham allowed Romelu Lukaku to flick on for Martial, whose bobbled effort went beyond goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
It was the France international’s sixth goal of the season, with four of those coming as a substitute.
And Martial’s ability to drop off defenders gives the 21-year-old an advantage over his team-mate Rashford, according to manager Mourinho.
“Same position as Marcus but more comfortable dropping in between the lines”
“Same position as Marcus but more comfortable dropping in between the lines to have the ball and to try to drive the ball, not just to attack space,” the United boss said.
“I was telling him to do that but at the same time to play from Lukaku, against three very good central defenders, but three central defenders who had a hard match for 60, 70 minutes against Lukaku and Rashford.
“So he comes, okay, probably a lucky shot, but the movement is good, the desire is good, and the goal is the goal that give us two more points than the 0-0.”
The win at Old Trafford sees United keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester City, who are five points clear after beating West Brom 3-2.
Published at Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:00:00 +0000