Man United coach Jose Mourinho has hailed the quality and decisiveness of his substitutes following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester City.
The Red Devils maintained their perfect start to the season by winning their third Premier League match in a row.
Incredibly, no team has scored against them so far despite Mourinho’s side having notched 10 goals so far.
Saturday’s encounter was won through goals from substitutes, with Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scoring in the second half after a goalless opening period.
All goals & highlights | MUtd 2-0 Leicester | EPL 26/08/17
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The organized Foxes were resolutely holding on well into the second half, containing United’s attacking juggernaut while threatening on the counter attack.
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But just three minutes after coming, substitute Rashford opened the scoring by volleying home a corner in the 70th minute. The youngster was virtually unchallenged, and Leicester paid a steep price for their lapse in defending.
That goal opened the game up with another substitute, Jesse Lingard, teeing up Fellaini for a deft finish in the 82nd minute.
Mourinho hails his impact subs
A striking pattern is emerging with Man United this EPL season: substitutes are making a huge difference and have scored in all three games so far.
Anthony Martial, who scored as a sub in the 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea, started against Leicester on Saturday.
The Frenchman didn’t score, but the man who replaced him on 74 minutes, Fellaini, did.
Rashford too, who drew blanks as a starter in both of the previous matches, scored as a sub against Leicester.
Marcus Rashford's game by numbers vs. Leicester:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2017
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Having players make such game-changing contributions is very pleasing for Mourinho, a sentiment he expressed in his post-match reaction.
“This is about the quality of the players, the players are good, and not just good, they are motivated to help the players,” said the Portuguese.
“It doesn’t matter if they play from the beginning or if they come from the bench. The group is solid, very, very friendly in between games and [there is] great empathy.
“I’m really happy, not for me. When [managers] make changes, we always make the right changes, sometimes it works against us. I’m happy for them, for Marouane, for Jesse, for Marcus.”
The Man United trainer also praised his team’s willingness to keep fighting even after the brilliant Kasper Schmeichel had saved Romelu Lukaku’s 53rd minute penalty.
“We haven’t had many matches last season where we played 90 minutes with the control we had today,” he added.
“We had a very good and solid performance. After we missed a penalty with half an hour to go, normally there is always a little collapse and that didn’t happen.
“We kept creating, playing, creating chances and getting corners, and in the end it was from a corner that we scored the first goal.”
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