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Jose Mourinho launches fierce defence of Marcus Rashford role at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho launches fierce defence of Marcus Rashford role at Manchester United

England manager Gareth Southgate reckons a certain Manchester United star is developing faster than Cristiano Ronaldo did when he was growing up.

Rashford has featured at times on the flanks but with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also in the reckoning, starts have been few and far between.

"Yes he is (a special talent)", Southgate said of Rashford after seeing him score the only goal in Tuesday's friendly win over Switzerland.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been told to join a club like Everton by ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is reportedly determined to stay and fight for his place at the club despite a recent lack of first-team football. He's a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do.

The England manager hopes that the intensification of the domestic season, with some clubs competing on three fronts as Europe fully kicks in next week, will mean that they get opportunities.

Southgate, planning for England's trip to Croatia and Spain in the Nations League, has been willing in the early weeks of the new Premier League season to abandon his usual policy of not picking players who are being left out by their club managers.

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"One of the biggest concerns is playing time for English players - that is shown by a number of the squad who came with us in Russian Federation not getting opportunities", Southgate said in a press conference last month.

"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them".

"The people that (are) speaking about his minutes, I think they are a bit confused", he concluded at the end of the question.

"But the media is very important and it is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that's why I'm going so specific about these numbers".

"It was important especially to get him in the penalty box and remembering the areas he needs to be scoring goals from". They are going to have the League Cup and European football, so there's more opportunity that the squads will get rotated.

Rashford will miss United's Premier League clash against Watford on Saturday.

A move to another club could provide more playing time but sticking at United will help him win silverware. They have a hard job to do and they have big squads in the top six, with huge competition for places.


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