West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta says he feels pity for Manchester United forwards Anthony Martial And Marcus Rashford.
Both Martial and Rashford struggled to influence the game as United were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by City at the Etihad.
And the former Manchester City defender suggested that defensive responsibilities was hindering both players from giving their best in attack.
“I think this is Mourinho’s philosophy. We’ve seen this at Inter Milan and Real Madrid,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports after United’s defeat.
“When a manager has to convince players to play in the way the manager wants to play, it’s simple. Some players will enjoy it more and others will enjoy it less.
“When you look at Martial, when you look at [Marcus] Rashford, they’re just always tracking full-backs rather than just attack and they just couldn’t in one-on-one situations.
“And I think if I’m in their position it must be hard not to be an attacking team and play in the final third and always tracking back full-backs.”
Zabaleta faced Martial earlier this season when West Ham claimed a 3-1 victory against the Red Devils.
The French international has been in fine goalscoring recently but found it hard tracking 33-year-old Zabaleta in that game.
And the Argentine has revealed a conversation they both had at the London Stadium.
“Of course, when you play City, who dominate possession, you’ll suffer. But when you play against other teams with less quality then maybe it’s different.
“We’re West Ham and we played Man Utd a few weeks ago and we felt this.
“I was making overlapping runs and Martial was just tracking me back and at some point he went ‘How old are you?’ – I felt like I can play another 10 years!
“He made me feel young but I felt bad for him because he was just tracking me back all the time.”
United are now 8th on the Premier League table, 12 points behind City and 7 points off Tottenham who are 4th.
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