Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has often been criticized on his ill treatment to the youth players in the clubs he’s managed. On Friday Jose pulled out his stats sheets in the press conference, after he was questioned about the lack of playing time of Marcus Rashford.
Press criticise Mourinho for not playing Rashford enough. Mourinho defends himself and points to other young English players who are struggling at other top clubs. Press criticises Mourinho for responding to them. pic.twitter.com/lXgVVo4T7a
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) September 14, 2018
After Rashford’s two goals in two games for England in the September International break, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher later suggested Rashford may have to leave Old Trafford in search of regular football and develop into a world-class player in the process, Sky News reports
Mourinho, however, hit back at the suggestion that he does not use Rashford enough on Friday. In his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Watford with a sheet of figures to support his argument.
I’m going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I hold myself to the United fans and, for them, I am going to spend two minutes with you,”
– Mourinho on Rashford
It would be fair to criticize Mourinho about not playing Rashford in the no.9 position, which Romelu Lukaku claims undisputedly. Rashford was restricted to the left wing for much of the last season, but his opportunities have been far more limited since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in last January. But the stats do support Mourinho’s claim about the fact that he gives Rashford plenty of opportunities.
Mourinho was sarcastic on talking about the criticism of his use of English star was such that he would probably be condemned for not playing him against Watford, even though he is suspended. He will miss the next three Premier League games due to suspension, after being sent off in the 2-0 away victory over Burnley last time out in the Premier League.
However, the 20 years old star may find himself in action, when United kick off their latest UEFA Champions League campaign away at Young Boys on coming Wednesday.