October 23, 2018

Mourinho praises superstar for exemplary performance

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho lauded his striker, Anthony Martial, after thrashing Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (20/8/17).

“Anthony Martial is working hard. He is confident. The French language connection is there to help him a lot and get to the level we know he can be because the potential is huge,” he said.

Just like they did in the opening match last week against Westham, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and substitute Martial scored between the 80th and 84th minutes to add to Eric Bailly’s first-half opener, his first goal for the club.

Lukaku scored on the 80th minute for his third goal in two games before the controversial Pogba surged forward to dink the ball past Lukasz Fabianski and Martial completed the destruction.

Two of the goals came from assists by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was named man of the match.

According to BBC Sport, Mourinho said he “let the horses run freely” after a blistering three-goal burst in four second-half minutes saw his team sweep aside Swansea to continue their impressive winning start to the Premier League season.

“There was happiness in our play. There was no need to close the door. I felt in control, if you had a chance to look at me and my body language I think you could see that,” said the United boss.

“They were waiting with class, calm and consistency for the moment to kill the game. Swansea played with five in the back and they had a moment when they felt they had to change and when they did we had more space and killed the game,” the Portuguese explained.

Swansea were weak and struggled to deal with United’s power and pace and by the end Mourinho’s side were bursting forward almost at will.

“We were competitive for long periods of the game,” said head coach Paul Clement afterwards.

“There were enough good things to say to the players – we mustn’t get our confidence affected by that.

“The second goal was even more disappointing than the first, I thought it was a gift. We missed tackles in midfield and then we were out of position at the back. They punished us and then we played to their strengths. We were 2-0 down, but a loose pass, they are so strong on the counter-attack and in the set-plays. It’s a hard one to take in the end.”

United have scored four or more goals in their opening two league games of a season for the first time in 110 years.

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