Jose Mourinho discusses Marcus Rashford’s career at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on the way Marcus Rashford has applied himself at Manchester United this season.

The youngster claimed his first Premier League goal since September earlier this month against Sunderland before going on to impress against Anderlecht a few days later.

He then produced his best performance of the season during a 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, claiming his ninth goal of the campaign and terrorising the league leaders all afternoon.

And Mourinho, speaking ahead of his side’s second leg clash with Anderlecht, was quick to praise Rashford’s attitude this season.

“I have to go in the direction of the players, but they also have to go in my direction,” he said.

“Since September, Rashford has not scored in the Premier League, but he was always a player I chose. He was always player I support because he was always coming in my direction and giving me what I want as a Manchester United player, so it is about that.”

The 54-year-old’s stance on Rashford can be better understood when viewed in contrast with Anthony Martial, now completely unused by Mourinho in nine of Man United’s last 20 games.

You could actually argue that, in technical terms, Martial is a better footballer than Rashford: deadlier in front of goal; a better dribbler; more composed in tight areas; more acute when it comes to finding space.

Being a better footballer for one thing, though; who, more importantly, is the better player, the better worker?

This is, of course, a rhetorical question. Rashford and Martial are at similar stages of their careers, but only one is currently demonstrating the right attitude to succeed at this level.

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