‘He can get better and better’: Mourinho discusses Man United star’s form

Jose Mourinho discusses Marcus Rashford's form for Manchester United this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford (Photo: Tag Heuer)

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Marcus Rashford can get “better and better” at Manchester United.

The England forward scored Manchester United’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old has been a regular fixture in the Red Devils team this season and he has started all nine of their Premier League clashes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford has scored four goals and made two assists in the Premier League so far this term in what has been a decent start for the front-man.

Mourinho coached Rashford during his time in charge at Old Trafford, and although the Portuguese coach does not feel that Rashford is an out and out striker, he is tipping him to continue to improve under Solskjaer.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday, Mourinho said: “I don’t think he’s a 9 that can play against a low block or that can be a target man.

“I think he’s a man of movement, who can attack space and then attack defenders with the ball at his feet.

“I don’t think he’s a pure 9, so it depends on the model of play. If Ole wants to play the way he played today I think Rashford is the perfect striker for him.

“He is young, but he’s experienced. At 21 years old, he probably has more matches in the Premier League, in the World Cup, in the Euros, in the Champions League, in the Europa League, than some players at 24, 25.

“So, for me, the point is not his age, it’s his qualities. For me, he is potentially a very good player in some models of play, in some positions. But as a target man, as a No 9, I don’t think he has the 30 goals that a top striker has.

“For me, he can get better and better and better playing the way he did today, playing from the left side, playing with a target man.

“But for him to be the target man in matches where Manchester United are dominant, playing against defensive teams, against low blocks, I think it’s difficult for him.”

Rashford will be expecting to feature when Manchester United take on Norwich City away from home in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Red Devils are currently 13th in the Premier League table and just two points off the relegation zone.

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