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Saturday 21 April 2018

Jose Mourinho brushes off questions on the happiness of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford at Man United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Marcus Rashford. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Marcus Rashford. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Jose Mourinho brushed aside questions about Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford's happiness as the Manchester United manager underlined how starting roles cannot be guaranteed.

England striker Rashford, 20, has started just five of United's last 16 matches.

Asked whether that was down to his form or the shape of the team, Mourinho said: "No, if I was you I would go in another direction.

"Marcus Rashford is the player with more appearances (than anyone) since I arrived at the club."

So why have him on the bench rather than start? "Because I decide that way."

Attention then turned to the future of 22-year-old France forward Martial.

The Portuguese replied: "If I was you, I would go, 'Why (Romelu) Lukaku plays every match?', 'Why (Nemanja) Matic plays every match?' You always go to the one (that does not play).

"If you want what I call dry answers, I have dry answers - and a dry answer is only 11 can start the match and we have 22."

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