Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has gone on a pretty epic rant about Marcus Rashford, after another week that has seen his handling of the young forward being questioned by many in the media.
Rashford has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth since Mourinho took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and after the 20-year-old scored twice during the international break for England many leading pundits suggested the talented youngster may need to leave his boyhood club to further his development.
Mourinho has obviously been irked by these suggestions and was quick to point out that despite not starting every game, Rashford has actually featured in almost every match since he became Manchester United manager.
“In 2016-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield.” Mourinho told the press ahead of his sides Premier League fixture away to Watford tomorrow.
“He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068, and if you want to divide that by 90-minute matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90-minute matches in 2016-17.
“In 2017-18, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.
“He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 mins, and if you divide that by 90, it gives you 29.7 matches, so with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,774 mins, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused.
“Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he’s Marcus Rashford, a 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.
“So Manchester United supporters, for you and just for you, to know what we are doing with Marcus, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that’s what we are doing here.”