Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mourinho blasts pundits with barrage of Rashford statistics

Mourinho blasts pundits with barrage of Rashford statistics

"For me, it is a very good team and you can see today they had a lot of options, they played well with the ball, defend well and for me, it is a great team".

He then took names of certain youngsters of England from other EPL teams and highlighted Marcus is playing way more than them.

Serie A giants Juventus are said to be eyeing what would be an incredible coup, with Real Madrid star full-back Marcelo and Manchester United's presumably wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba cited as the club's top transfer target by Italian outlet Tuttosport.

"If I watch Mr Raiola [Pogba's agent Mino Raiola] on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe [it]", Mourinho told United Kingdom newspapers.

"I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but is not my fault, he's suspended", said the Portuguese, before embarking on an extended monologue to set out the numbers for those who were "a bit confused".

The former Reds defender believes that Rashford could benefit from a move away from Manchester United to establish himself as a central striker.

Mourinho came to Friday's press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Watford equipped with statistics that proved that while Rashford may not start every game for United, he has made over 100 appearances in the last two seasons.

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That means if United want to make any significant money on the youngster they would have to sell him for northwards of £100m, a fee no club around Europe is willing to pay given his current form and lack of game time.

"Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if he was injured or suspended".

"We have to remember that Harry Kane at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs", he added, emphasising that Rashford is yet to reach his full potential and will continue to improve. "That is why I am going so specific about these numbers".

Not only was he behind United's functional defensive performance, corralling Deeney and Gray as best he could while belting out headed clearance after clearance, he also played a vital role in decisive goals for Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling.

"He was never ever out of a selection, so he knows and that's the most important thing". He returned to Carrington on Monday but Mourinho admits the 23-year-old is a doubt to face Watford, who have started the season with 12 points from four games.

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