Give Rashford time to shine, insists Southgate

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

"So I can expect that Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think of is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it's not my fault, he's suspended, so probably you should remind them he is suspended and cannot play". They have to try and win matches.

The England manager hopes that the intensification of the domestic season, with some clubs competing on three fronts as Europe fully kicks in next week, will mean that they get opportunities.

Incidentally, he has now played more minutes for England this season in two matches than he has for United in four.

Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck started for England in the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland but are struggling to get game time for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

It also appears the announcement caught the rest of Roberto Martinez's squad by surprise with Kompany revealing his compatriots found the decision hilarious and something he may later come to change.

Rashford was on the score-sheet once again for England this week as he helped the Three Lions to claim a victory over Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League.

The likes of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher have told the attacker to leave Old Trafford in order to play regularly as he is not better than Lukaku.

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That analysis has clearly got under Mourinho's skin, with the boss giving a 276-second answer to one question about the forward's performances for England.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is reportedly determined to stay and fight for his place at the club despite a recent lack of first-team football.

It is not as straightforward for Pep as: 'Oh, I'll just give Phil a game.' Every decision you make as a manager has a knock-on effect and I understand how complicated that is. They have to rotate their squads.

"We have to remember that Harry Kane at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs", he added, emphasising that Rashford is yet to reach his full potential and will continue to improve. They have a hard job to do and they have big squads in the top six, with huge competition for places.

"His confidence will be boosted with two goals against top-quality opposition".

"So Manchester United supporters - for you and just for you - to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that's what we are doing here".

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