Marcus Rashford: Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd training is where I’m learning most

Marcus Rashford: Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd training is where I’m learning most

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has insisted that he learns more about football while in training than on the pitch. 

The 20-year-old England international scored both goals for United in their 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend.

There have been questions of late regarding the future of Rashford, and whether he was getting enough opportunities to improve under Jose Mourinho’s leadership, having started just one top-flight game in 2018.

However, after Rashford’s explosive performance against the Reds, the young striker explained how he is still developing under Mourinho and, in actual fact, gains more knowledge off the pitch than on it.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rashford said: “Right now, I’m probably not learning the most on the pitch.

“In training is where I’m doing most of my learning.

“You have to take it into the game and today [Saturday] it worked. Personally, taking the confidence from this game into the next games is important.

“There’s lots of things (I’m learning). It is just the all-round game is starting to become more clear.

“Things this manager wants are becoming more clear to me. The more you do, the easier the results come on the pitch.”

Rashford rebuffed claims Mourinho is mis-managing him, insisting as well that it is par for the course to have good and bad moments in the game.

Rashford added: “He doesn’t have to (speak to me).

“In football you are going to be up, you’re going to be down.

“We are all in it together. Sometimes you are in the team, sometimes you are not in the team.

“When you are younger than I am, and you are learning the game, I think you do need it.

“But my experiences of the past – I understand that’s part of the game. There are 11 players that start, it’s just one of those things.”

United next face Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, in a last-16 tie currently poised at 0-0 following the first leg in Spain.