Manchester United supervisor Jose Mourinho has defended his remedy of striker Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho has been criticised for not enjoying the 20-year-old, who scored twice for England throughout the worldwide break, sufficient in United’s opening 4 Premier League video games.
However the Portuguese mentioned Rashford’s enjoying time compares favourably with younger English gamers at rival groups.
“Individuals talking about his minutes, they’re a bit confused,” he mentioned.
In his information convention earlier than Saturday’s league match at Watford (17:30 BST), Mourinho outlined his use of Rashford over the previous two seasons.
He mentioned the ahead has performed 5,744 minutes in 105 video games in all competitions.
“Marcus Rashford isn’t [Liverpool striker] Dominic Solanke. He is not [Chelsea midfielder] Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He is not [Everton forward] Dominic Calvert-Lewin,” mentioned the 55-year-old.
“He is Marcus Rashford, Manchester United participant, with an unimaginable variety of appearances and an unimaginable variety of minutes performed on the highest stage in the absolute best competitions.”
Figures from soccer statisticians Opta present no participant at present aged beneath 21 has performed extra aggressive minutes for a Premier League workforce than Rashford (7,280) since his debut in February 2016.
Mourinho highlighted the membership’s file in bringing by means of younger British gamers, whereas itemizing Rashford’s look statistics since he took cost at Previous Trafford in 2016.
He added: “So, Manchester United supporters. For you – and only for you – to know what we’re doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay. That is what we’re doing right here.”
On England obligation, Rashford scored the opener within the 2-1 Nations League loss to Spain and the one aim in a 1-Zero pleasant win over Switzerland, leading to questions on the ahead’s enjoying time at United.
Throughout Friday’s information convention, Mourinho joked he could be “criticised for not enjoying Rashford tomorrow” in opposition to Watford, regardless of the striker being suspended for 3 video games after being despatched off within the Reds’ win over Burnley.
He mentioned: “A few of the boys are actually obsessive about me and, a few of them, I believe they’ve an issue with some compulsive lies.”
Extra minutes beneath Mourinho than Lingard
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone has analysed Rashford’s enjoying time beneath Mourinho, together with his 4 appearances this season, which the supervisor omitted from his whole (5,744).
There was quite a lot of debate over the previous few days about Rashford’s improvement – and whether or not his profession could be higher served by a mortgage transfer.
You may show something with statistics after all, nevertheless it appears Rashford has fared higher than comparable kids since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Previous Trafford in the summertime of 2016 – and that features United and England team-mate Lingard.
For the reason that begin of the 2016-17 season, 20-year-old Rashford has performed 5,866 minutes in all competitions. Lingard, 25, has been concerned for five,070 minutes.
Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek, 22, has managed 2,341 minutes, and that features his spell on mortgage at Crystal Palace.
The argument for Rashford is that if he moved someplace like Everton, he would get extra recreation time.
Nevertheless, they do not play as many matches, so 21-year-old Calvert-Lewin, some of the used of the Toffees’ group of proficient kids, has solely been concerned for 3,793 minutes.
It will not make the argument about how a lot enjoying time England’s youthful gamers are getting – however possibly Rashford isn’t the fitting instance to make use of.