Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hard on players, and especially young ones, meaning most people felt Marcus Rashford would struggle under him once he joined Manchester United.
However, injuries to Zlatan Ibahimovic and the decline of Wayne Rooney, not to mention impressive performances by Rashford meant that was not the case at all.
That being said, Rashford did come under fire from some quarters for not scoring enough goals last season, and Mourinho thinks that this season will herald a better return in front of the goal, and given Romelu Lukaku has come in from Everton, Rashford may need it to start in the side.
Sky report Mourinho said: “It’s just the natural evolution of a kid, accumulation of minutes on the pitch… he’s already taller than when I arrived 13 months ago – he’s three centimetres taller – and he put on some muscle, but without any kind of specific work because his speed is the most important quality so we don’t want to lose that.
“He is a great professional with a great attitude and last season for too long he was in a period of not scoring goals and missing a lot of chances, which was not a drama because sometimes that’s part of the evolution. We knew that this season he is going to score more goals than last season.”
Hard start for Lukaku
Mourinho was speaking after the game against LA Galaxy, United’s first game of pre-season, and it seems that Lukaku did struggle, missing two chances, but Mourinho called him ‘unselfish’ and heaped praise on him.
In fact, in news that may not go down well with the scoring Rashford, he called Lukaku better than the players who did score in terms of his performance on the day.