Cape Town - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has responded to claims about Marcus Rashford's perceived lack of development, insisting the supporters know the truth of the matter.
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The 20-year-old forward 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.
will definitely be missing when Mourinho's men travel to Watford on
Saturday, though, as he begins a three-match ban after being sent-off
against Burnley before the international break.
"I think I can
expect that Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him
tomorrow 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
The Portuguese coach then reeled off a stream of
statistics detailing Rashford's 105 appearances in Mourinho's first two
seasons in charge before pointedly suggesting other managers should be
quizzed for their use of young English players.
is not (Liverpool forward) Dominic Solanke, he's not (Chelsea
midfielder) Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not (Everton striker) Dominic
"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."
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.
despite righting the ship at Burnley and a two-week international break
to ease the pressure, Mourinho again took aim at the press.
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
"But for the Manchester United supporters, I think it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality."
also confirmed left-back Luke Shaw could return to action at Vicarage
Road just a week after suffering a concussion in England's Nations
League loss to Spain.
"Contrary to some news, to some opinions, by
the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free
to play," added Mourinho.
"The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when during the week he was not training with the team."