Jose Mourinho defends Manchester United's Marcus Rashford amid criticism
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defends the way he uses suspended Marcus Rashford and lashes out at obsessed pundits
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the media once more yesterday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England international striker Marcus Rashford.
The forward, 20, impressed for the Three Lions over the international break as he started, and scored, against both Spain and Switzerland. That led to questions over whether Mourinho was making the most of Rashford's abilities as he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the United side where he faces stiff competition from Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.
Rashford will definitely be missing when Mourinho's men travel to Watford today, though, as he begins a three-match ban after being sent-off against Burnley before the international break.
"I think I can expect that on Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him [Rashford] because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and, some of them, they have I think a problem with some compulsive lies," said Mourinho. The Portuguese suggested other managers should be quizzed for their use of young English players.
"Marcus Rashford is not [Liverpool forward] Dominic Solanke, he's not [Chelsea midfielder] Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not [Everton striker] Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He's Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions."
Mourinho has faced stinging criticism in the first few weeks of the season after defeats to Brighton and Tottenham saw the Red Devils lose ground on title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City. But despite righting the ship at Burnley and a two-week international break to ease the pressure, Mourinho again took aim at the press.
"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because there are much more interesting things to wake up and to be happy [about] in the morning than to speak immediately about us and about football. But for the Manchester United supporters, I think it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality."
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