Jose Mourinho admitted that the cramp suffered by Marcus Rashford forced him to alter his tactics during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
Rashford sustained cramp towards the latter stages of the game leaving the Portuguese boss no other alternative but to substitute the youngster off the field.
The game itself was a disappointing spectacle in which both sides created few clear cut goal scoring opportunities with arguably the best chance of the game falling to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who failed head home Paul Pogba’s marvellous cross in the second half.
Speaking after the game Mourinho confirmed that Rashford had suffered cramp and that his substitution made it very difficult for United to go and on win the game.
The result leaves the club sitting five points off Manchester City at the top of the premier league table and with Chelsea next up on the agenda for the Red Devils in the league it is essential that Mourinho takes all three points away from Stamford Bridge should he wish to make Manchester United genuine contenders for the title this season.
Conte’s men have endured a mixed start to the new campaign thus far but still have players in Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Willian who can really hurt United and should Mourinho’s men fail to be at the top of their game Chelsea will make them pay.
In facing Chelsea Mourinho arguably faces his toughest test so far as the new United boss. Both Manchester City and Liverpool were undoubtedly massive games for the Portuguese but in coming up against his old side it represents his most difficult game for him personally. It provides Mourinho both a challenge on and off the field and it may come down to how well he manages to deal with that combination should United leave Stamford Bridge with a result.