Mourinho defends use of Rashford and attacks pundits

Rex Christensen
September 15, 2018

"In two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals".

Under Mourinho, however, Rashford's playing time has come into question with some believing the Portuguese is failing in developing the youngster which gained more traction as he scored twice in two games for England over the worldwide break.

Mourinho has come under pressure in recent weeks following United's disappointing start to the Premier League season which included defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.

Some of them, they have a problem with some compulsive lies, so I can expect that Sunday some of them they will wake up in the morning and as always the first thing they think is José Mourinho.

He went on to detail the precise number of minutes Rashford has played since he took charge at United in 2016 - adding that certain pundits have separate agendas.

Rashford started both global matches in his favored position as a central striker, benefiting from attacker Raheem Sterling's withdrawal because of injury.

With the 25-year-old Romelu Lukaku the first-choice striker and Alexis Sanchez - signed from Arsenal in January - the first-choice left winger, Rashford has to make do with bit-part roles under United manager Jose Mourinho in competition with another overlooked young forward, Anthony Martial.

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"Some people, everybody knows they have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and of course they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want".

Rashford may not be a starter for United when they play Watford on Saturday in the Premier League and Mourinho predicts that decision will be met with hostility.

Marcus Rashford has seen his long-term future at Old Trafford questioned in recent days, but it is believed that Mourinho is ready to sacrifice Martial, putting the England global higher up the pecking order at the club.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Luke Shaw is available to play for Manchester United on Saturday after sustaining concussion on worldwide duty last weekend. He knows and that is the most important thing.

The Belgian, who joined the Red Devils in a £75m move from Everton last summer, extended his goal tally to three from four league games following his brace against Burnley before the global break.

"I don't know - we still have a training session", said Mourinho. Contrary to some news and opinions, from the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play.

"He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not the continuous starts and I'm really pleased for him that he leaves here full of confidence".

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