Neville explains why Rashford needed Mourinho at Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 28th March 2019 8:49

Phil Neville thinks that Marcus Rashford will have benefited from “Jose Mourinho-type discipline” during the Portuguese manager’s spell at Manchester United.

Mourinho was sacked by the Red Devils in December following a number of poor results and with reports claiming he had lost the dressing room.

Rashford has enjoyed playing as a No 9 under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Romelu Lukaku after being regularly played out wide while Mourinho was at the club.

However, Neville thinks that Rashford will have learned a lot from his time under Mourinho.

“With Rashford what I would say, I actually think he needed to go through that Jose Mourinho-type discipline, focus and concentration to get to where we are under Solskjaer,” Neville told Premier League Today.

“I think now he has to play centre forward. I think it was probably one of his [Solskjaer’s] easiest decisions [to play Rashford as the No 9 over Romelu Lukaku].

“When he changed the style, he came in and said he wants runners in behind, someone to go and press.

“The work Rashford did under Mourinho means when he goes to centre forward now, I think the work that kid does is as good as any centre forward. I really do.

“When Solskjaer was picking his centre forward, Rashford was the No 1 choice.

“When he doesn’t play, they haven’t got the same intensity in terms of pressing the defenders.

“But goals and playing centre forward and being the main man has brought him on more than anything.”

 

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