Jose Mourinho has defended his use of Marcus Rashford (Picture: Getty)
Jose Mourinho insists the ‘plan’ for Marcus Rashford is to play as much as possible and says the youngster can play anywhere in Manchester United’s attack.
Mourinho launched a stinging attack on his critics in yesterday’s press conference, producing notes that suggested Rashford was a key figure at Old Trafford. Rashford scored twice for England in the international break and Jamie Carragher advised the forward to leave United for the good of his career.
The 20-year-old was playing centrally for the Three Lions but it often played from the left for United. Mourinho, though, says he can play in any of his three attacking positions.
Rashford scored twice for England during the international break (Picture: Rex)
"I think his position is in relation to the way his team plays," said Mourinho.
"So I think in the case of the national team, they play normally with five at the back and two players in attack. I think that’s his position.
"He cannot be a wing-back in the system of five – he cannot replace Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier or Danny Rose at all. He must play centrally in that system.
"To be in a system of four, to be a winger, it takes him a little bit out of his positions, but the way Manchester United plays is with three attacking players.
"When we play with three up top – because sometimes we also play with two – our three attacking players are not wingers. They’re not wide or open all the time. They have the freedom to come and play in between positions, and any one of the three positions is a good position for him."
United resume their Premier League campaign against Watford today at Vicarage Road.
Rashford misses the game in Hertfordshire as he’s serving the first of a three-game ban for his ‘headbutt’ on Phil Bardsley in United’s 2-0 win against Burnley.