Mourinho Only Has 'Dry Answers' For Benched Rashford & Martial

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Reuters John Sibley

Rashford has not always been a regular starter since Jose Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal and has faced increased competition following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

It is just football, we can not have just 11 players. I am surprised because of the quality and experience of numerous players and the squad.

He stressed that he can only give eleven players a starting spot amongst a squad of 22.

However, Mourinho says the duo are part of his system but can not guarantee playing time to either of them.

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Manchester United have offered contract rebel Anthony Martial a new long-term contract in the hopes of convincing him to stay put.

Mourinho also spoke of Lukaku: the Portuguese boss was asked whether he would sign another striker to provide the Belgian with competition for places, but he insists he is happy with his attacking options.

United rode on a sublime second-half performance by French midfielder Paul Pogba to seal a memorable 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho said subsequent training sessions were spent in getting his players to move on from that win.

Mourinho believes that if he added another frontman to his ranks, he would have to part company with Rashford or Martial, and that is not something he is looking to do.

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Rashford has enjoyed his most productive United season to date in 2017-18, with his 29 appearances delivering a career-best 12 goals.

United welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford on Sunday, April 15.

"It is a big challenge [for us] because in football they know anything is possible until mathematically it is impossible".

"If I was you I would go ask why Lukaku plays every match, why Matic plays every match", Mourinho told reporters.

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"I am, I am surprised (to see West Brom in the relegation zone)", Mourinho said. "But to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do this three and be closer to the end of the season and to the second position which is, in this moment, is our ambition".

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