Mour­inho vents his anger after fans jeer Rash­ford exit

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Sam Wal­lace at Old Traf­ford CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

Jose Mour­inho turned on Manch­ester United fans who booed his de­ci­sion to substitute Marcus Rash­ford, the striker re­placed by the match-win­ning goal scorer An­thony Mar­tial, who gave his side a 1-0 vic­tory over Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur yes­ter­day.

There were boos around Old Traf­ford when Rash­ford was called to the touch­line on 70 min­utes but Mour­inho was vin­di­cated when the French­man fin­ished Romelu Lukaku’s flick-on for the only goal of the game. The United man­ager put his fin­ger to his lips and shushed the sup­port­ers into the lens of the Sky Sport cam­eras at the fi­nal whis­tle and later fol­lowed that ges­ture with crit­i­cism in his post-match in­ter­views.

“I re­ally don’t un­der­stand some re­ac­tions why,” he said to Sky Sports. “Are they [the fans] Red Devils? Some­times I don’t know be­cause they [Lukaku and Mar­tial] work amaz­ingly well. To­day there were two strik­ers play­ing to­gether against three top cen­tral de­fend­ers – the best we have in Europe – and their work was amaz­ing. He scored with a bad shot but a bad shot some­times can be a beau­ti­ful one.

Mour­inho said ear­lier: “Some­times he [Mar­tial] starts the match and his

con­tri­bu­tion is good. Maybe he is not scor­ing as many times as he does com­ing from the bench but he is play­ing well, the same as Rash­ford, the same as Lukaku. I re­ally don’t un­der­stand some re­ac­tions why.”

The dis­con­tent from the United fans seemed to be more about the sub­sti­tu­tion of Rash­ford, who had looked a key at­tack­ing threat un­til then.

In his post-match press con­fer­ence, Mour­inho again crit­i­cised the sup­port­ers’ re­ac­tion.

“Some peo­ple speak too much,” he said. “Calm down, re­lax a lit­tle bit. Don’t speak too much – speak, speak, speak – re­lax. Re­lax a lit­tle bit, don’t be so ner­vous. Don’t be so ex­cited.”

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said that his team had missed the in­jured Harry Kane, but that it could not be an ex­cuse for los­ing a game in which they had 55

per cent pos­ses­sion and 13 at­tempts on goal to United’s 11. He said: “We are very dis­ap­pointed. It is very painful for our play­ers, for ev­ery­one. It was an even match – to lose with an ac­tion that should have been fixed [dealt with] be­fore is very painful.

“But that is foot­ball, and for me I feel very proud, the ef­fort was fan­tas­tic. The per­for­mance al­ways could have been bet­ter but we com­peted and fought a lot. We are dis­ap­pointed but now we keep go­ing, move on and pre­pare our next game.

“They didn’t cre­ate too many chance against us. I feel we were at that same level. It was a game that was very com­pet­i­tive and you feel in the sec­ond half, the last 15 or 20 min­utes, it would be a draw and only a ge­nius play or a mis­take would change the game. We made a mis­take. We could have been talk­ing in a dif­fer­ent way if Dele Alli scored [in the 77th minute] as it was a clear chance but un­lucky for us. The luck for them meant we lost the game.”

Mar­tial, who scored his fourth league goal of the sea­son, said that he wanted to re­gain his place in the side. “The man­ager told me to find space. I know that Lukaku is good with his head and I found the space and scored. It was im­por­tant for us to win. I want to play. I don’t want to be on the bench. Rash­ford has been good, too, and the man­ager wants to give us a chance.”

‘I want to start games. I don’t want to be on the bench’

Call for si­lence: Jose Mour­inho sends a mes­sage at the fi­nal whis­tle after the de­feat of Tot­ten­ham

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