Jose Mourinho wants strong Manchester United finish to secure second place

Lula Sharp
April 14, 2018

The 54-year-old was also quick to point out that since he was appointed United manager Rashford has actually featured in more games than any other player.

Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said, 'It's just football, we can not have 11 players, it would be wonderful economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, suspension, fatigue.

Rashford has made 97 of Mourinho's 112 games but the England star is concerned with his position in England's World Cup squad and feels he should play even more to secure a solid spot in Southgate's line up.

The United boss told reporters: "If I was you I would ask why Lukaku plays every match or why Matic plays every match".

However, Mourinho says the pair are part of a squad rotation system at the Theatre of Dreams and say he can't guarantee playing time to either player.

"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".

Asked whether Martial and Marcus Rashford should be thinking about leaving, Wright added: "They should be thinking about it with everything that's happening and the way United play".

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United rode on a sublime second-half performance by French midfielder Paul Pogba to seal a memorable 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho said subsequent training sessions were spent in getting his players to move on from that win.

Reports emanating from France have suggested that Martial wants to leave Old Trafford because his opportunities to play have been significantly reduced since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January.

"I am, I am surprised (to see West Brom in the relegation zone)", Mourinho said.

United's Portuguese coach once again reiterated that his main aim is to finish second in the Premier League this season.

"I think it is a big challenge because they know that in football anything is possible until mathematically impossible".

"I was working really hard and because I tried to build motivational training sessions with new exercises and things to motivate them, little tactical things I know for some players is motivation".

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