'People have been asking for Martial, Martial, Martial' - Mourinho defends Sanchez snub

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claimed his side lacked quality following a 3-1 Premier League defeat to West Ham.

Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to drop Alexis Sanchez for Manchester United’s trip to West Ham, with the Portuguese having responded to calls for Anthony Martial to be given a chance.

The Red Devils had high hopes for Sanchez when acquiring him from Arsenal in January, but have seen him struggle to make an impact at Old Trafford.

His arrival has nudged others down the pecking order, with France international Martial among those to have seen their game time limited.

Mourinho was, however, to shuffle his pack for a Premier League game at the London Stadium, and still faced criticism for his selection calls on the back of a 3-1 defeat.

He told BT Sport afterwards: "For many months people are asking for Martial, Martial, Martial.

"For many months people are saying Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough. So this week was time to agree and to say, let's give a chance to Martial and let's leave Alexis out."

Martial offered little against the Hammers, with Marcus Rashford stepping off the bench to grab United’s only goal.

Mourinho concedes that the Red Devils did not offer enough quality in testing surroundings to take anything from a game which leaves them facing up to their worst ever start through seven games of a Premier League season.

He added: "I have no complaints with the players' attitude, I can have complaints with some quality and the mental approach in certain duals.

"Where you could see for example, [Robert] Snodgrass coming to the pitch with an incredible attitude that he wants to eat the ball and eat everyone around him.

"You need that humility. You have always to try. That's my nature as a football professional. There are certain qualities that you have or you don’t have.

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"I think a team that comes with that mental fragility, after the bad result [against Derby] and to come here and in five minutes to be 1-0 down, is not good.

"No VAR and obviously a linesman [makes a] mistake and a goal. Then in the first half we had a good reaction but an own goal makes it 2-0.

"An own goal when we know that [Andriy] Yarmolenko is very left footed. We know we have to cover that side. We are not aggressive enough to stop that shot and we are losing 2-0."

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