Garth Crooks questions why Jose Mourinho doesn’t play Rashford, Martial and Lukaku together

by Harry Robinson

Garth Crooks has attacked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for refusing to play an attacking trio of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.

Though that trio are seen as the most talented forwards currently available for selection from Mourinho, they rarely play together.

In Saturday afternoon’s 1–0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, Rashford started the game and was brought off for Martial, who grabbed an 81st-minute winner.

Writing in his Team of the Week column for the BBC, Crooks said: “Why playing Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in a three-man attack at Old Trafford should frighten Mourinho is a mystery to me.

“And he calls himself the “Special One”.”

Crook seems to have missed the point that there often simply aren’t enough positions on the football pitch to accommodate all three players. Lukaku is solely a striker, a no. 9. Martial and Rashford can play on both the left flank and upfront.

But United either play with two strikers and no left winger, or one striker and left-winger. That means there always only two to positions to play for between the three players. That is unless Mourinho would play Ratchford or Martial as a left-wing-back, something that would be ridiculed by many.

Martial and Rashford did play together against Burton Albion in a 4-1 victory for United and did well, but were without Lukaku.

Crooks often uses his Team of the Week column to vent his frustrations at various figures at United, most notably at Paul Pogba and Mourinho. This week, he hailed Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho for not having a flashy haircut as he continues to attack Pogba without mentioning him.

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