The arrival of Alexis Sanchez has no doubt had an impact, as Rashford only played the last eight minutes of the Manchester derby. You always go to the one.
"They should be a lot closer to Manchester City with the quality they have got but they have not been able to really express themselves in the way they want to".
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.
Mourinho was even less forthcoming when questioned about Martial's lack of game-time.
"If I were you, I would ask why [Romelu] Lukaku plays every match, why [Nemanja] Matic plays every match. Because I decide that way".
"No, no, it's just football", Mourinho said.
Martial was getting more opportunities in the starting eleven before Sanchez joined in January, but Mourinho refused to provide any indicators over the Frenchman's future at the club.
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"It is just football, we can not have just 11 players", he said.
There were no crumbs of comfort for either Martial or Rashford but Mourinho, others would contest, is probably best off delivering his critiques to both players in private and away from the cameras.
'Only 11 can start.
Both players are reportedly facing uncertain futures at United, but Mourinho defended his recent team selections by highlighting the depth of his squad.
"Only 11 can start and the same questions you are doing to me, you should do to every other manager because they have players in the same situation".
"In our case, we come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard and trying to make the players understand that it is not enough to deserve second".
"To finish fourth we need four or five points, but to finish second we need much more than that".