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Jose Mourinho launches fierce defence of Marcus Rashford role at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho launches fierce defence of Marcus Rashford role at Manchester United

A United source said: "Marcus loves the club and does not want to move but he wants to be a striker or at least play down the middle as a No 10".

'Because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies, so I can expect that Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think is Jose Mourinho. I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs.

Rashford, who is suspended for Saturday's trip to Watford, scored twice for England during the worldwide break prompting suggestions he should be play more regularly for his club.

At just 18 years and 141 days, he became the youngest scorer for United in European competition and landmarks and records tumbled after that: scoring on his debut in the Premier League, the Champions League and League Cup, and in his first appearances for the England Under-21s and the England senior team - the youngest player to achieve that.

The forward is stuck behind Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams but no outfield player has featured more under Mourinho than Rashford since his appointment in 2016.

Rashford will serve the first game of a three-match suspension this weekend following his red card against Burnley before the worldwide break, further restricting his opportunity to build on his part in England's run to the semifinals of the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he made six appearances. "More of a concern is the young players who might be coming through to challenge that are not getting an opportunity to play".




Exercise: The youngster will have benefited from his playing time with England. "We are hoping that now we have given them some minutes they will go back to their club better prepared for when they get their opportunity and it gives them a better chance of staying in the team".

Those performances led to questions around Rashford's playing time at United, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher saying he needs to leave if he ever wants to develop into a world-class striker. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another starter against Swtizerland, kept his place in the England squad despite not starting any of the Blues' opening four league games this season.

"I understand the difficulties that club managers have".

"But for the Manchester United supporters it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality but the most important thing of all is that the kid is a good kid, a good player, knows what Manchester United did for him".

"Since I was here, he was never one day out for selection because of my decision, only if injured or suspended".


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