Jose: I’m right about Rash on the left

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCKHURST

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

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