Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a happy man because of his numerous options off the bench this season and they have rightfully delivered the goods.
Indeed, for the first time in United’s history, a substitute has scored in each of the opening three league games of their campaign. Anthony Martial came on to good effect against West Ham United and Swansea City, getting in on the act with a goal on both occasions. And, then the French Winger started in the 2-0 win over Leicester City last weekend, second-half substitutes, Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini both scored a goal to secure another three crucial points for Mourinho’s side .
This clearly shows the importance of squad depth and this is something Mourinho has been keen to develop at Old Trafford. Bringing on speedsters such as Martial and Rashford to expose tiring opponents in the closing stages of games looks like a plan that will continue to bear good fruit.
In his United Review programme notes, the manager stated that he needs all of the players ready to shine with the schedule set to become more arduous now we are into September. United will be playing Seven games this month alone with the return to Champions League.
“I’ll have more games and more opportunities to give all of my players the game time they deserve,” wrote Jose. “As ever, all the boys are working hard. It might be easy for people to praise the ones who have done so well in the opening games of the season, but I prefer to praise the amazing professionals who are not playing at the moment. They might not have played the minutes they would have liked so far, but they are all being very patient and waiting for their opportunity to become important for the team.”
“While I can only pick 11 players to start each game, the boys all know they will get chances and I know I can count on any of them whenever selected.”
Manchester United’s Player of the Year, Ander Herrera, certainly has a key part to play even if he has been used less frequently thus far and this, again is a pointer to the wealth of options available to the Mourinho this campaign.