Mourinho: In Rashford I trust

Jose Mourinho
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he has no problem with Marcus Rashford taking set-pieces, after the teenager’s match-winning display against Chelsea.

The 19-year-old striker broke the deadlock after just eight minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday and he was a handful throughout for the Premier League leaders.

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Rashford was on set-piece duty for the Red Devils in the absence of Juan Mata and Daley Blind, and Mourinho says the decision to give him such a responsibility ahead of his peers comes down to trust.

The United youth product has been used sparingly this season, but seized his chance when called upon with two goals from four starts in the last five Premier League games.

When asked why he chose Rashford for the role, Mourinho told MUTV: “Marcus is trustable.

“Even for the second goal, his free-kick was really high, impossible to score from a header because it was to what we call the third post – not the first or second post.

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“But he’s always tense, he’s always fast, and you can always trust that [he will make] strong contact with the ball.

“The ball always goes with speed with him. With some other guys, the ball goes in the right spot but slower. Even if you win the duel in the air, it can be really difficult to score, so in this moment Marcus is one of the boys we trust.

“Because he’s so young, he’s able to keep developing that day after day; he’s always with one of the assistant coaches trying to make it even better.”

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