Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mourinho blasts pundits with barrage of Rashford statistics

Mourinho blasts pundits with barrage of Rashford statistics

He has played three times this season, though he is yet to complete 90 minutes, though he has already made over 125 appearances for the club, scoring 32 goals.

Martial cost United £44.5million from Monaco and with further clauses yet to be activated that could push the fee as high as £57.6m. "Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin", he said.

"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'". He had 53 appearances but if you want the minutes of play, he played 3,068 [minutes] and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17. Luke Shaw's evolution makes us believe that he is going in the right direction - I want to keep him.

The Portuguese coach then reeled off a stream of statistics detailing Rashford's 105 appearances in Mourinho's first two seasons in charge before pointedly suggesting other managers should be quizzed for their use of young English players.

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.

Watford came into the match with four wins in as many games this season.

Andre Gray and the in-form Troy Deeney start up top, they'll provide United's backline with a stern physical test.

Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and become a talisman for the national team.

In a rant reminiscent of former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's famous "fact" speech in 2009, Mourinho hit out at "obsessed" pundits who, "wake up in the morning and as always the first thing they think is Jose Mourinho".

Jose Mourinho hailed Marouane Fellaini as the cure to Manchester United's defensive ailments following another impressive display from the midfielder in a narrow victory at Watford. "Media is very important and is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that's why I'm going so specific about these numbers".

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

Fellaini's header set-up what proved to be Smalling's match-winning volley and also did well in his position as a shield to United's often-nervy back line.

'I see Man United coming here and causing an upset, ' Ferdinand said in the build-up to the late kick-off.

"Against Brighton we didn't deserve to win, against Tottenham I think we did - but (in the two games we conceded) six goals and made defensive mistakes".

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