Jose Mourinho has claimed that the influence of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan “intensified” Manchester United’s attacking impetus during their side’s 3-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League.
Martial, who hasn’t made a start since the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park, came on with 15 minutes to go and provided Mourinho’s men with some added energy on the left hand side.
Mkhitaryan, on the other hand, simply stole the show, crowning a dazzling performance with a truly sumptuous scorpion kick in the 86th minute.
Speaking to MUTV, the 53-year-old was quick to highlight the pair’s influence on the game.
“We needed to bring the game to a different level and we did that from minute one (of the second half),” he said.
“With Micki and Martial, we intensified even more the game and we scored the second and third.
“I like the second half very much as we could have scored five or six. It’s three points, 12 points from four matches. We’ve played well for a long time but points are what we need now.”
Bringing on Martial and Mkhitaryan, above anything, was a statement from Mourinho. He could have brought on a defender to shore things up, consolidating their one goal advantage.
Instead, he wanted blood. He wanted to see his side, attacking the Stretford End, to batter David Moyes’ men into submission – and they duly did, buoyed by Martial’s energy and Mkhitaryan’s sheer brilliance. This is the kind of managerial style United fans yearn to see, and they’ll be hoping to see more of the same over the next few months.