Tough times under Mourinho made Rashford a better player

Man United striker Marcus Rashford says he endured a tough period under former manager Jose Mourinho but pointed out that the experience under the Portuguese manager made him a better player.

Mourinho managed Man United from the summer of 2016 to December 2018, emerging victoriously with the club in the Europa League and League Cup in his first season as United boss.

Marcus Rashford scored 28 goals and provided 20 assists under Mourinho but struggled for consistency, as he was often deployed on the right flank to accommodate the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku in the middle.

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He has scored 19 goals for the Red Devils in all competitions this season, flourishing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but added that he owed a lot to former boss Mourinho.

“It was tough but I think when you look back on it in five or six years, they’re the moments that give you that mental toughness,” Rashford said in a chat with the UTD Podcast.

“As an all-round player I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to those two years under Jose.

“We had ups and downs. When I look back at it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player.”

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