Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Fans Have Right to Boo Me, Players

Ashley Young looked to silence Manchester United's critics on Twitter after Saturday's 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial replaced Marcus Rashford in the second half and the France global scored an 81st-minute victor with a scruffy finish at Old Trafford.

"The fans are the fans and I also told [on Saturday] that the fans pay for their tickets and are free to express themselves the way they want to express", Mourinho said. My job is to protect my players when they deserve it.

"He's playing very well for us - it's not one ball that hits the post or one shot saved by the opposition goalkeeper that defines Romelu's contribution as low or top level".

United boss Mourinho described the injury as a "long-term" issue towards the end of last month.

Crooks added: 'With Romelu Lukaku slightly off the pace and Rashford with a mandate to score within 70 minutes or he's off, it was left to Valencia to marshal his defence well enough not to give Tottenham a sniff of their goal and that's precisely what he did'.

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All five Premier League sides in the competition are now top of their groups and Bailly said: "We know it's one of the best leagues and there are good teams, and they're getting good results. I think the only team that had opportunities was us, apart from their Alli chance".

"I think Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone".

"They pay (for) their tickets, they can do what they want".

"I don't think he's quiet at all", he said.

Victory over Benfica could secure United's place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and Mourinho believes his team are growing stronger in Europe. "The point is scoring or not scoring because in the end that is what people analyse sometimes".

French global Pogba picked up a hamstring injury during the Red Devils' Champions League victory over Basel last month, with initial reports suggesting that the 24-year-old would be ruled out for somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks.

  • Tabitha Byrd