Jose chal­lenges front three to start finding back of net

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED - By SA­MUEL LUCK­HURST

JOSE Mour­inho has chal­lenged An­thony Martial, Mar­cus Rash­ford and Jesse Lin­gard to con­trib­ute more goals af­ter the trio’s en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances in the mid­week draw with Arse­nal.

The Reds boss re­called the rested Martial and Lin­gard for Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba and the duo scored ei­ther side of half-time to earn United a 2-2 draw.

Martial is United’s top scorer this sea­son with eight goals and has tal­lied seven in his last seven Premier League starts, while Lin­gard net­ted his first club goal since May on Wed­nes­day night.

Rash­ford has struck just twice this term and is with­out a goal at Old Traf­ford since May but last week earned praise from Mour­inho fol­low­ing his in­flu­en­tial per­for­mance at Southamp­ton.

“We need to score more goals,” Mour­inho said.

“I think one thing is dy­nam­ics and hap­pi­ness, rou­tines adapted to the qual­i­ties of the play­ers, but in the end what is the most im­por­tant thing is the ball in the net, and goals, points and vic­to­ries, that’s a good thing. And that’s a thing that I praise and some­thing that the team needs and one of the rea­sons why in the last match we pressed high un­til we had legs for that, be­cause peo­ple not play­ing foot­ball say they col­lapse in the last 15 and 20 min­utes.

“But one of the rea­sons the team was up and press­ing was the char­ac­ter­is­tics and de­sire of the at­tack­ing play­ers. They work very hard but it’s not about work. It’s about nat­u­ral qual­i­ties.”

Jose Mour­inho with Fred

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