Mourinho admits none of his Man United attackers should be benched
MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said the goalscoring form of his attacking players is giving him a selection headache. After struggling for goals last term, United have scored 24 times in just eight games in all competitions so far this season.
With Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan rested against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were all on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win.
And ahead of the trip to St Mary's to face Southampton on Saturday, Mourinho says it is becoming hard to know who to leave out.
He told a news conference on Friday: "When I see the match last Wednesday, the attacking players -- Martial, Rashford, [Juan] Mata, Lingard -- which one deserves to be on the bench? No one.
"Nobody deserves to be on the bench. But they are four, plus Lukaku and Mkhitaryan is six. I cannot play with the six.
Rashford and Martial have shared the duties on the left wing so far this season, but started together for the first time against Burton.
The pair only started one game alongside central striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season -- the 3-1 defeat at Watford in September.
But Mourinho revealed he could unleash a forward line of Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in the right circumstances.
"Yes, sure," he said. "And then I leave Mata and Mkhitaryan out and you say why?"
Martial has been on the substitutes bench for United's last two Premier League games but could start against Southampton after his man-of-the-match performance versus Burton.
The Frenchman has only started three matches so far this season, but has still scored four goals, including two in his last two games.
Mourinho added: "He's improving a lot. Not just on his will, his desire to do it, but being effective on that. Very good.
"All of them give me options. All of them are fast one against one. All of them can score more goals than they do."
Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.