Mourinho blasts pundits with barrage of Rashford statistics

Marcus Rashford was sent off against Burnley last month

Marcus Rashford was sent off against Burnley last month

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the pundits once more on Friday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England worldwide striker Marcus Rashford.

When asked if he believes Rashford has earned more playing time after scoring twice for England over the worldwide break, Mourinho gave a sarcastic response, making his feelings towards the media well known.

Gary Neville insists that Manchester United will be just fine if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford, stating that "no one is bigger than the club".

The Red Devils have endured a disappointing start to the new campaign as after narrowly beating Leicester City on the opening weekend, they slumped to poor defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur before getting back to winning ways at Burnley last time out.

Ahead of Manchester United's game against Watford, manager Jose Mourinho spoke in detail about his use of young striker Marcus Rashford in the past two seasons.

"If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be: 'Paul, it's obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional'".

Jose Mourinho's men came second to local rivals Man City in the race for the title a year ago, but in truth they never really looked like winning the trophy, ultimately finishing 19 points behind their neighbours.

Marcus Rashford's name was on everybody's lips this week but the youngster will not feature as he serves the first his three game suspension after the incident with Phil Bardsley at Turf Moor.

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"I don't know if that is true", said Mourinho when asked if Raiola was trying to engineer a move for his client.

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

"The reason I score more and more goals, season after season, is I know my mistakes from the past, I know my strengths and I work on my strengths, but the little points I want to get better and it's constant".

Mourinho also said Luke Shaw is free to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday after recovering from a head injury but is set to wait before deciding whether the defender will play.

"A prodigious talent", former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted after Rashford scored England's goal with a cushioned volley in the 1-0 win over Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.

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.

"My future is now in Manchester, I still have a contract, I'm playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months".

"People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him".

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