Manchester United fans left divided by Mourinho's Marcus Rashford rant

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United speaks to Marcus Rashford during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Sevilla FC and Manchester United at Estadio Ramon...

Marcus Rashford has yet to start for Manchester United this season.

Jose Mourinho Manager of Manchester United and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24,...

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has passionately defended his treatment of young forward Marcus Rashford.

The 20-year-old scored twice in two games for England during the international break, and many fans and members of the media are wondering why he isn't getting more game time for his club.

Mourinho has been regularly criticised for his management of the Englishman, who has not started a game for Manchester United this season, with some pundits suggesting he should look to move elsewhere to help his development.

 

The Portuguese was quick to leap to his own defence when questioned on the subject in the press conference ahead of United's Premier League game against Watford on Sunday, relying on statistics to prove his point.

During a press conference Friday, Mourinho argued that Rashford has played 5,744 minutes in 105 games in all competitions over the past two seasons for the club, and suggested that the player was getting more game time than other young English rival.

The Manchester United manager said: "Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke. He's not Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He's not Dominic Calvert-Lewin."

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on September 14, 2018 in Manchester, England.

"He's Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions."

Further statistics also back up the United manager's claim – Opta data suggests that Rashford has made more Premier League appearances (126) than any player and played more minutes of competitive football (7280) since he made his debut in February 2016.

Mourinho's latest rant at the media seems to have divided opinion amongst some Manchester United fans, with many voicing their views on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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