Bench Players Becoming Key Contributors For Manchester United This Season


In United's opening games he has looked strong, composed and very comfortable in the defensive midfield role in front of the Utd defence, and against Leicester, it was no different. We are comfortable on the ball and unsafe on the counter attack.

United are now top of the table, having a two-point lead over Huddersfield and Manchester City going as the worldwide break comes up next week. Had he scored, the Belgium worldwide would have become the first United player since Jimmy Hanson in 1925 to score in his first four competitive games.

With Jones and Bailly suspended for United's opening Champions League game against Basel on September 12, Mourinho has already confirmed he plans to start Lindelof alongside Smalling in that game.

Mourinho made his first move by bringing on Rashford for Mata and the England global had the desired impact, netting in the 70th minute.

"This is about the quality of the players, the players are good, and not just good, they are motivated to help the players", said the Portuguese. In fact, all three players that came off the bench contributed on the goals. The group is solid, very, very friendly in between games and [there is] great empathy.

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That has rankled Palestinian officials, who say negotiations without any set parameters will only benefit the Israeli side. Signalling their frustration, some Palestinian leaders have spoken of taking a harder line in recent days.

However, Lindelof has yet to get on the pitch for the Red Devils aside from the Super Cup clash against Real Madrid at the start of this month, finding himself left out of Jose Mourinho's last two matchday squads. When [managers] make changes, we always make the right changes, sometimes it works against us. I am happy for them, for Marouane, for Jesse [Lingard], for Marcus.

They should have gone ahead, however, in the 52nd minute when Leicester defender Danny Simpson was ruled to have handled in the area but Lukaku's penalty was superbly saved by Schmeichel, whose father Peter won five league titles for United.

"But nine points after three matches is nothing different for us because we did that last season", he added, playing down boasting a 100 per cent record.

"We had a very good preseason". Normally when you miss a penalty with half an hour to go there is a little collapse. "We kept playing today".