Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.
Pogba took complete control of proceedings in midfield at Turf Moor, outwitting the likes of Joey Barton and Jeff Hendrick all afternoon, whilst Bailly – in spite of not missing a minute of Man United’s last six games – competently marshalled the back four all afternoon.
But it was Martial, handed a place up front for the first time since January, who grabbed the headlines with a superb goal in the 21st minute and an assist for Wayne Rooney just before half time.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to dish out praise to the trio following a commanding performance against Sean Dyche’s men.
“I’m very happy. It’s not easy to win here and it’s even harder to be in control and we were in control for 90 minutes,” said Mourinho.
“We understood the way they play and we played against their strengths. I think it was a great result that we deserved.
“We wanted Anthony Martial to get behind as he’s faster, and he did well.
“But I can’t choose an individual performance as they all did well. Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly get a mention after two hours of football at against Anderlecht.”
It is no coincidence that United’s best three players against Burnley all featured in completely different roles. This was, after all, an admirably balanced, composed and indeed confident display from Mourinho’s men. There was no sense of dissonance or fatigue; every player, you felt, was pulling in the same direction, further establishing the promising levels of chemistry currently existing within the side.
Mourinho’s men will now embark on a series of crucial games, with a visit to Manchester City up first. And the way in which the aforementioned trio conducted themselves at Turf Moor will serve as an important blueprint: Martial displaying liveliness, Pogba pulling the strings and Bailly, in spite of such an onslaught of games, holding firm.