Marcus Rashford believes that the Jose Mourinho approach has made him a better Manchester United player. After the game against Chelsea last month, the United manager revealed that Rashford is one of his ‘most trusted’ players, and the teenage striker has stepped up in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help the Reds reach the Europa League final in Stockholm.
But the Academy graduate insists the key factor in his relationship with Mourinho has been the challenge of earning his manager’s trust, and that desire has made a difference across the dressing room.
“It’s a massive thing when a manager like him says that,” Rashford told Premier League Productions . “The best thing about it is that you’ve earned it. He didn’t just come in and say ‘there you go – play every game’. He’s made us all work for his trust and respect.
“Sometimes it’s difficult and sometimes it’s easier but the players are all battling and improving to work for him. It’s massive for us and you can see how everyone’s come on this year.”
Rashford is certain to start the Europa League final, and as a consequence of his importance to the side he did not start against either Arsenal or Tottenham as part of Mourinho’s plan to rotate and rest his players ahead of the crucial fixture with Ajax in Sweden.
But with two Premier League fixtures remaining against Southampton and Crystal Palace, Rashford is adamant that the club’s ethos demands there will be no slackening off from whichever players are selected.
He added: “We’ve got to keep fighting till the end. As individuals, the way we’re made at this club is we want to win every game, no matter what game it is and what circumstances we’re in. It’s going to be the same approach until the end of the season.” Source: manchestereveningnews