BBC Sport pundit blasts Jose Mourinho for ‘killing’ Man United star

Garth Crooks is critical of Jose Mourinho's handling for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

Man United striker Marcus Rashford Photo: Tag Heuer

Garth Crooks has accused Jose Mourinho of “killing” Marcus Rashford’s confidence at Manchester United.

The England international has struggled for form in the current campaign after an underwhelming return of three goals and five assists in 12 league games ahead of their clash against Fulham.

Rashford had only registered nine attempts on goal in the current campaign ahead of Saturday’s clash to suggest a player who is unwilling to take risks due to a lack of confidence.

The Manchester United manager has openly criticised the England striker since taking over the reins of the club, while he was caught on camera showing his disapproval after Rashford’s miss in a 1-0 win against Young Boys last month.

Rashford made two assists in a 2-2 draw with Southampton last weekend before he was substituted in the second half of the Premier League clash as Manchester United failed to win at St Mary’s.

However, Rashford produced one of his best performances of the season in a 4-1 win over Fulham after he scored their fourth goal and made two assists.

But former Spurs forward Crooks has not been impressed with Mourinho’s handling of Rashford.

“This really can’t go on,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Jose Mourinho is killing Marcus Rashford. The lad pulled Manchester United from the jaws of defeat at Southampton and then Jose gave the one man who was desperate to win the game for him the hook? It made no sense.”

He added: “The kid was on a roll and anyone who has played the game could see that. Mourinho may have won trophies but he destroys players in the process.

“He is doing to Rashford what he did to Arjen Robben at Chelsea. Rashford must get out of United now before what little confidence he has left is destroyed.”

Rashford burst onto the scene at Manchester United as a raw teenager under Louis van Gaal in the 2015-16 season, scoring five goals in 11 league games.

The Red Devils forward scored 12 goals in 67 appearances in the English top flight in his first two seasons under Mourinho.

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