Mourinho turns on media 'lies' over use of Rashford


Pundits have previously claimed that Rashford, who scored twice for England over the global break, does not see enough game-time at Old Trafford under the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho appeared to criticise Rashford after United's defeat against Brighton in the FA Cup last season. He had 53 appearances but if you want the minutes of play, he played 3,068 [minutes] and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17.

Lukaku, who scored three times while on worldwide duty with Belgium, struck his fourth Premier League goal of the season in the 35th minute.

Mourinho also hasn't been shying away from openly criticising his players, but Lukaku believes footballers have become too sensitive and should be able to deal with criticism.

Those performances led to questions around Rashford's playing time at United, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher saying he needs to leave if he ever wants to develop into a world-class striker. "For me, I was delighted because we really wanted to make him feel important over this period anyway".

This second part is also linked to the part about Marcus Rashford.

"I think the first half, they played much better than us, had more possession and more chances", he said.

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"I don't know if that is true", said Mourinho when asked if Raiola was trying to engineer a move for his client. "He is 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". If you divide that into 90 minutes, it gives 29.7 matches.

Rashford has managed just one start and a total of 122 minutes in the Premier League this season, a situation that will not improve in the short term due to a three-game ban for butting Burnley's Phil Bardsley.

"I am very happy with the spirit". After their loss against Spurs at Old Trafford, Mourinho demanded "respect" from the journalists at his press conference, with the general mood around the club leading some to speculate whether the two-time Champions League victor would stay at the club until Christmas.

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.

"But six goals and defensive mistakes, and then we go to two matches away - hard matches, different stadiums, Burnley, Watford - and I felt that my central defenders they needed, especially in this moment of a bit of instability, they needed somebody to support and to give them the first wall; physicality".

"I am very happy with the points", he said.

"Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision or because he was injured or suspended, he was never, never out of a selection".