Marcus Rashford: What I am thinking when Jose Mourinho starts me on Man United bench

The Manchester United striker gives his thoughts on life on the bench

Marcus Rashford has revealed that he is constantly thinking about how he can affect a game when Jose Mourinho opts to start the Manchester United striker on the bench.

The England international has found his first-team opportunities limited at Old Trafford this season after Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.

The 19-year-old striker blossomed into an important Manchester United player during Van Gaal’s reign after he scored eight times in 18 games in all competitions.

Rashford has been limited to a mere 15 appearances in the Premier League this term, coming off the bench on eight occasions in the current campaign.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website about his mentality when Mourinho opts to start the England striker on the bench.

“You don’t know where the manager is going to bring you on, so you have to do that for all the positions really. Just so you’re ready and mentally prepared for when you get on the pitch,” Rashford told Manchester United’s website.

“So it is something you do when you’re on the bench but I think that’s only natural, for a player to be thinking about getting on the pitch, what you’re going to do when you’re out there and who you are going to come up against.”

Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season and behind Manchester City on goal difference.

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The Red Devils are currently in sixth spot in the top-flight standings and 14 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea.

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