August 21, 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Marcus Rashford needs to learn to adapt to different situations in matches. During the 4-0 victory over Swansea City on Saturday, Rashford played an important part in the win, maintaining United’s 100% record in the league this season. During the match, the reception of the player from the Swansea supporters was hostile at times, something every player is the recipient of during their career. When Rashford was replaced by Anthony Martial in the 75th minute of the match, the booing of the player was petulant from the supporters, who were minutes away from seeing their team torn apart in the following nine minutes with United scoring three goals.
Mourinho feels that the experience of this ‘jealousy’ of a player with a big career ahead of him should be something Rashford thrives from. Being booed is obviously something which will upset many, especially in this day an age when people claim things like this are similar to discrimination, which is not the case at all. Many players over the years have been booed, some even by their own supporters, which must be a strange situation to be in. Rashford will need to ignore the abuse he receives, learn to thrive off it and instead of throwing insults back, which is something he has not done, showing his ability on the pitch would be the best way to silence the boo boys. Mourinho, talking to the official Manchester United website, said:
“I think he has to learn how to enjoy it. If he was a bad player, nobody would try to provoke him. They see the speed, they see the danger, probably they think they can affect him.
“Honestly, I think if he was on the bench and if he comes [on] for the last 15 or 20 minutes when the space is there, I think he would do the same as the other guys did. So, I think he just has to adapt to it.”
Mourinho also relayed the fact that he has had positive talks with Anthony Martial about his Manchester United future, with reports over the summer suggesting that he would move away from the Old Trafford club, some of those being rubbished by the player himself. Martial has had a great start to the season, coming off the bench twice and scoring in both matches. Mourinho, confirming the talk, stated:
“We are using him well and he’s coming with the right attitude and we have had conversation about the future he has here,” he said. “I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul [Pogba], with Romelu [Lukaku] it’s coming. He’s growing in confidence and, of course, two periods of 20 minutes and scored two goals, for his confidence nothing [is] better.”
Ahead of the 4-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Mourinho praised Martial, suggesting that he had total faith in the player, also backing the 21-year-old to succeed at the club, learning more as the season progresses and earning his place in the team. The first three matches of the Premier League season is a slow start with three matches played a week apart. The UEFA Champions League draw, which happens on Thursday will add more matches before the busy Christmas period, also with the Carabao Cup draw happening in the early hours on Thursday, adding another match next month. With the extra matches, United will need to rotate, keeping freshness within the squad. Mourinho feels this and the growing number of French-speaking players will also aid his case, concluding by saying:
“Of course, he wants to play, of course, he wants to start, of course, he wants to be selected for the national team, of course, he wants to go to the World Cup. So that’s good and, for me, it’s simple. I cannot play Champions League, the Premier League and cups with 11 players. I need a squad.
“He’s working well, he’s working really well and maybe that little French-language group we have – Fellaini, Paul, Lukaku – is a group where he’s very well integrated now and they bring him up and his professional level improved. He’s working much, much better so we’re happy. We have lots of hopes with him and he has to be happy now and he can keep on improving.”
United face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, the third Premier League match of the season and one which United will be keen to win, keeping their 100% start to the season alive until the international break is over at least. United have had a great start this season, scoring eight goals in two matches, conceding none. This has not been done for around 110 years, which is a good sign that problems last season have been addressed, or at least showing they have. Come Saturday evening, United may well have nine points on the board, the same number of points they had after three matches last season, but with a growing confidence, that should see United determined to continue the same after the international break and furthermore.