Mourinho comments on Rashford, Pogba and referee

Matt Stead

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he almost played Marcus Rashford instead of Paul Pogba in the No 10 position against Liverpool.

Rashford played on the right-hand side of a five-man United midfield at Anfield, while Pogba started behind striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The world-record signing was poor on Monday evening, and there are still questions over his best position. 16 Conclusions also wonders whether Rashford has earned himself an opportunity to start as a striker.

Mourinho said post-match that he considered swapping him with Pogba, before the 18-year-old fell to cramp. He was later replaced by Wayne Rooney with a matter of minutes remaining.

“If you analyse the game see the reason why did it, playing Young and Fellaini,” he told BBC Sport. “We had control of the game – there were two amazing saves by David de Gea it’s true but they were out of context.

“The team was always comfortable, we lacked a little bit of sharpness in more attacking positions.

“There was a moment I thought about playing Rashford in the Pogba position behind Zlatan but then the kid had cramps.”

Mourinho also spoke about referee Anthony Taylor after the game, praising his performance.

“Can I speak about the referee without being punished?” he asked. “He had a good game and I am happy for him because people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure on him and it was very difficult for him to have a good performance, which he had.”