Rash­ford li s Man U in stop­page time

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United man­ager Jose Mour­inho be­lieves that Mar­cus Rash­ford is prov­ing his value to the side af­ter the young striker scored the late goal that de­feated Hull City on Au­gust 27.

Rash­ford hit eight goals in 18 matches for United last sea­son, hav­ing bro­ken into the first team in Fe­bru­ary, and went on to win a place in Eng­land’s Euro 2016 squad.

How­ever, the 18-year-old has been named as a sub­sti­tute for all three of his club’s Premier League matches so far this sea­son and had not come on at all un­til this week­end’s game, with Mour­inho pre­fer­ring new sign­ing Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic in at­tack.

Rash­ford has also dropped down to the Eng­land Un­der-21 squad, for whom he has been se­lected for a Euro 2017 qual­i­fier against Nor­way on Septem­ber 6.

In his pre-match news con­fer­ence on Au­gust 26, Mour­inho was quick to state that the teenager will get chances to play across all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

The man­ager was full of praise of Rash­ford once more af­ter he con­verted Wayne Rooney’s cross two min­utes into stop­page time to give United a 1-0 vic­tory in tor­ren­tial rain at KCOM Sta­dium.

“Mar­cus Rash­ford has a lot of chances wait­ing for him,” Mour­inho said af­ter the young­ster came on for Juan Mata in the 71st minute to make the dif­fer­ence.

“When the team was chas­ing the ball against Le­ices­ter in the Com­mu­nity Shield and again tonight, he made a dif­fer­ence for us.

“He gives new prob­lems to the op­po­si­tion so I am really happy with him and the team. Even de­fen­sively, we con­trolled their counter-at­tack.”

Mour­inho be­lieved his side were ex­cel­lent value for their vic­tory, but felt that they took too long to get go­ing.

“I was telling them at half-time that they were more in­ten­sive and ag­gres­sive in train­ing on Wed­nes­day than they were in the first half,” he said.

“The boys were very strong and the sec­ond half was like go­ing to fight against a wall. We had an amaz­ing men­tal­ity. We were very strong and tried to cre­ate prob­lems for the op­po­si­tion. We tried and tried and got it.

“We de­served it and in a more com­fort­able way. It is a great feel­ing when you win the points in the last minute.

“I tell the boys ev­ery day we have to go into ev­ery match to win. We must not be happy with less than a win. We know we will draw or lose matches but the men­tal­ity has to be go to win. To­day they showed that.”

One set­back for United was a back in­jury to mid­fielder Marouane Fel­laini, which makes him a doubt for Bel­gium’s World Cup qual­i­fier in Cyprus in Septem­ber 6.

Hull care­taker-man­ager Mike Phe­lan praised the ef­forts of his play­ers, and called for a quick con­clu­sion to the club’s takeover saga.

Ehab Al­lam, one of Hull’s own­ers, in­di­cated in the match pro­gram that a deal has been agreed to sell the club, with­out con­firm­ing the buy­ers, be­lieved to be a Chi­nese con­sor­tium led by com­mer­cial prop­erty in­vestors Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li.

Phe­lan’s fu­ture re­mains un­cer­tain, as the new own­ers may well want to ap­point someone else as a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Steve Bruce, who re­signed as man­ager in July.

“It’s im­por­tant now that some de­ci­sions are made,” Phe­lan said. “There seems to be not just one group, but two groups in­ter­ested.

“My fu­ture will be de­cided af­ter the trans­fer dead­line. There’s a lot of ef­fort to get this takeover over the line.

“Credit to my play­ers tonight, they per­formed hero­ically. I feel for them.

“This United team is on a roll and there are some teams you take on and some teams you need to be care­ful with. We tried to get at them a bit and we just ran out of steam.”

Phe­lan added that mid­fielder Robert Sn­od­grass, who went off injured early in the sec­ond half, had suf­fered a calf prob­lem. –

Photo: AFP

Manch­ester United’s English striker Mar­cus Rash­ford (cen­tre) cel­e­brates with Manch­ester United’s Swedish striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic (right) and Manch­ester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (left) af­ter scor­ing their late win­ning goal against Hull City.

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