Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Mourinho defends use of Rashford and attacks pundits

England boss Gareth Southgate has compared Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo and suggested the Englishman is further ahead at his age, leading to an uproar among some United fans.

Romelu Lukaku has been United's undisputed first-choice striker since arriving in a £75 million deal from Everton in the summer of 2017, leaving Rashford to get the majority of his first-team minutes from the substitutes' bench or starting on the wing.

Rashford will serve the first game of a three-match suspension this weekend following his red card against Burnley before the global break, further restricting his opportunity to build on his part in England's run to the semifinals of the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he made six appearances.

'2016-17: Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield.

But the youngster is struggling to hold down a regular starting place for his club side, with boss Jose Mourinho preferring Belgium worldwide Romelu Lukaku as his main striker. He's a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do.

"I understand the difficulties that club managers have".

"We have to remember that Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the same number of matches for Spurs", said Southgate. They have to try and win matches.

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Mourinho also went on the offensive regarding the records of other clubs, calling out a number of former Chelsea youngsters, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has played more minutes for England than the Blues this season.

"He is not going to give up trying to prove himself at United but he knows he may have a big decision to make soon".

"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them". They have to rotate their squads.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places".

"If I'm him I'm kicking the door down as I want to play - I want to play for Man United", Adam told talkSPORT. They have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.

"The people that (are) speaking about his minutes, I think they are a bit confused", he concluded at the end of the question.

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