Jose Mourinho explains why Marcus Rashford started for Man United against Chelsea

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has explained why Marcus Rashford started against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final clash even though he had been struggling with illness.

The youngster was expected to miss the game against Antonio Conte’s men, but Mourinho revealed he was determined to play in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence as he’s serving a three-match ban.

He quickly burst onto the scene last season under Louis van Gaal, scoring eight goals in 18 appearances after making his debut against FC Midtjylland last February, but has endured a slower start under Mourinho as he’s been utilised on the wing.

Speaking about Rashford prior to the game, Mourinho claims it was the Englishman’s decision to start on Monday night.

“The decision comes from Marcus Rashford,” he said.

“It’s his decision – he knows he’s the only [striker] with a chance to play and he has put himself on the line.”

Mourinho claimed he’s in contention to replace Ibrahimovic for the Premier League games with Middlesbrough and West Brom, and it was great to see Rashford’s desire to make the most of his time up front without Zlatan.

He’s a great talent and has a brilliant future ahead and at 19, it’s incredible to think about how good he can go on to become.

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