Marcus Rashford decries Jose Mourinho’s tactics And playing style.

Marcus Rashford decries Jose Mourinho’s tactics And playing style.

Marcus Rashford decries Jose Mourinho's tactics And playing style
Rashford and Rooney

Marcus Rashford believes Jose Mourinho’s tactics made it tough for him to perform to his best football at Manchester United.

Rashford was under Jose Mourinho for two-and-a-half seasons, netting 28 goals and winning the League Cup and Europa League.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rashford has scored 42 goals for his childhood club – including 20 across all competitions this summer.

During a chat with former teammate Wayne Rooney for BT Sport’s Behind The Lines feature, Rio Ferdinand questioned Rashford if there was much freedom for players to shift positions in the modern game.

Rashford then made an honest confession concerning his time with Mourinho, revealing how the Portuguese manager was fixed and rigid in his strategy.

“I think that’s when we play our best football (when we can be flexible),” 23-year-old said.

“Under Jose (Mourinho) I would say everything was a bit (points) “you play there, you play there, you play there”. And yeah, you can do a job, but it was difficult for me to play my best football.”


The interesting segment saw Rooney and Rashford talk about their journey and analyze key moments in their career, with direction from Ferdinand.

Interestingly, Rooney admitted that he used Rashford’s narrative to motivate some of the youngsters at Derby.

An 18-year-old Rashford made the most of an injury crisis to seize his chance in the United first-team when Louis van Gaal gave him an opportunity in February 2016.

The Wythenshawe lad and academy product scored a brace on his appearance against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, before notching another double in a dream Premier League debut versus Arsenal just days later.

Rooney said: “You can see he [Rashford] has kicked on, it was great to play with him as a young lad coming through.

“You can see the progression he’s made so far, it’s great to see that.

“Marcus’ story from getting in the first team, I used it a couple of weeks ago because we’ve had injuries at Derby.

“We put a few young lads on the bench who hadn’t even trained with us and I used Marcus’ story.

“I said Marcus had come in from nowhere, hadn’t trained with us, came in and made an impact.

“And look what he’s gone on to from that!

“So for those players to try and follow in those footsteps, when you get a chance it’s up to you to take it, and he’s certainly done that.”

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Marcus Rashford decries Jose Mourinho’s tactics And playing style.

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