Gareth Southgate: Jose Mourinho thinks the world of Man United star

Gareth Southgate insists that Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Man United striker Marcus Rashford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Marcus Rashford
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford Photo: Tag Heuer

Gareth Southgate has insisted that Jose Mourinho “thinks the world” of Marcus Rashford despite his lack of playing time at Manchester United.

Rashford was on the score-sheet once again for England this week as he helped the Three Lions to claim a victory over Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League.

The 20-year-old forward is widely regarded as one of the English football’s most exciting prospects, but the forward is still struggling to hold down a regular spot in the starting line-up at Old Trafford.

Rashford has only started one of Manchester United’s four Premier League games this season and it seems that he faces an uphill struggle in trying to get ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order.

There have been questions about whether Mourinho fully trusts the young striker, but England boss Southgate has insisted that the young forward has the full support of his club manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Southgate said: “It’s not my business to interfere with club managers.

“They have a difficult job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.

“Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He’s a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that.

“I understand the difficulties that club managers have. They have to try and win matches. They have to rotate their squads.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United are preparing to return to Premier League action on Saturday evening when they travel to Watford.

The Red Devils will be aiming to take the three points as they look to make it three wins in a row in the Premier League for the first time this season.

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