first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho blasted his critics and produced an incredible monologue, which was filled with statistics, that showed the amount of playing time given to England striker Marcus Rashford over the past two years.His frustration came after some pundits expressed concern over Rashford’s growth over the last two years. Rashford scored for England in his last two internationals but hasn’t started for United on a regular basis in the presence of Romelu Lukaku.Rashford, 20, played 122 minutes of top flight football this season, which included one start just. But, he will miss Saturday’s game against Watford as he is suspended for seeing a red card in the last game at Burnley.With so much talk going around, the question was bound to come to Mourinho and the Portuguese said that he wanted to set the record straight even if ‘obsessed’ people, who had “a problem with some compulsive lies”, would criticise him anyway.”I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but is not my fault, he’s suspended,” said the Portuguese, before embarking on an extended monologue to set out the numbers for those who were “a bit confused”.”In 2016-17: Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield,” he said.”He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take the minutes of play, he played 3,068 minutes and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes of the matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in ’[email protected] #MUFC pic.twitter.com/tLOqfri2aJManchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2018″In 2017-18, he played 35 matches in the Premier League, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.”He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes, if you divide that by 90 it gives 29.7 matches. So with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals.”Mourinho said Rashford could not be compared to other young England players like Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin when it came to minutes played.Rashford, he said, had played “an incredible number of appearances and minutes” at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if injured or suspended…so he knows and that’s the most important thing,” he added.”(It) is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that’s why I’m going so specific about these numbers.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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