Jose: I’m right about Rash on the left
JOSE Mourinho feels he has been vindicated by his insistence that Marcus Rashford is at his best from the left flank.
The forward scored both of United’s goals in their 2-1 win over Tottenham while operating there, despite the absence of the injured Anthony Martial.
The assumption was Rashford would spearhead the Reds attack, but Mason Greenwood occupied the centre forward role on his first Premier League start of the campaign. Rashford opened the scoring on eight minutes and converted a penalty shortly after halftime on a night he also hit the crossbar.
Mourinho preferred Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Romelu Lukaku as the United No.9 during his two-and-a-half years managing Rashford.
“Yeah, you are right, but I’m not there anymore,” Mourinho said when asked if he felt he was right about Rashford’s role. “You have to ask these questions to Ole, but I think he probably thinks the same. But that’s not important now for me.
“Yes, I did [see him play like that before]. As I always said, from the left and not as a nine, from the left. I knew it, I told the boys. I told him. He was good, he was really good.”
Mourinho accepted United were dominant for the majority of the firsthalf at Old Trafford. He added: “For 30 minutes, they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. They were better in the intensity, in the aggression, they were winning first balls, second balls, 50-50 duels, but we were lucky and then in the last 15 minutes of the first half we were us and United were in trouble.”
Marcus Rashford celebrates his second goal with Ashley Young