Anthony Martial scored in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Watford
And Martial repaid his manager’s faith by bagging the second goal after Juan Mata had opened the scoring.
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I gave him this gift, to start this game
Mourinho on Martial
And Mourinho told MUTV why he made the selection choice.
"I'm happy with Anthony's last two weeks of work," Mourinho said.
"The way he faced the work, hard work, with more concentration and more determination.
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"That's why I gave him this gift, to start this game.
Martial was given a rare start for United today
Juan Mata (left) opened the scoring at Old Trafford
"Normally, after Leicester, I'd start with the same players and keep Marcus [Rashford] in the team.
"I just felt Marcus doesn't need a boost because he's playing all the time. Anthony was maybe feeling a little bit down and needed a gift. He answered in the best way."