Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has urged his young forward Marcus Rashford to take motivation from the boos he is subjected to by the rival fans.

In United’s first away game of the season at the  Liberty Stadium, the Swansea boo-boys came haunting at the 19-year-old English player reminding him of a tumble inside Swans penalty box which went on to earn united a decisive penalty in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium in May last season.

United thumped Swansea in their 2nd game of the season, with the help of goals from Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. In a game which saw number of positives for Jose Mourinho’s side, the brightest was Marcus Rashford who displayed strong skills and pace going forward against the Swans defence.

Rashford was substituted in the 75th minute by Anthony Martial and that was when fans from home stand targeted the 19-year-old giving him a hostile reception while he left the pitch.

Jose Mourinho drew positives from the incident and advised Rashford to embrace the criticism and get used to it. “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, and 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 said in his post-match press conference.

Marcus Rashford has cemented his place in Jose Mourinho’s side and has been brilliant so far in the setup. Though there is still a lot for him to work on before he can lead the charge for United, right now he is playing perfect support to Romelu Lukaku, who has already bagged 3 goals in his two Premier League appearances for the club.

Manchester United will next be seen in action against Leicester City in the Premier League and Marcus Rashford is likely to feature in the starting eleven, pairing with Lukaku upfront.

 

First Published | 21 August 2017 5:49 PM
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