Rashford and Mourinho

Jose Mourinho explains why Marcus Rashford took set-pieces vs Chelsea

Impressive Rashford

Marcus Rashford is firmly in Jose Mourinho’s good books after a brilliant display in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last Sunday. The 19-year-old forward opened the scoring before playing a hand in Ander Herrera’s deflected goal.

Leading the line for United in the absence of the rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rashford’s maturity is beyond his tender years.  As if trying to score against the league leaders wasn’t enough, he was asked to provide too.

United fans may have noticed that Rashford was tasked with taking set-pieces against Chelsea.

Ahead of the Anderlecht game in the Europa League, Mourinho explained why.

Trustable Marcus

Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “Marcus is trustable. Even for the second goal, his free-kick was really high, impossible to score from a header because it was to what we call the third post – not the first or second post. But he’s always tense, he’s always fast, and you can always trust that [he will make] strong contact with the ball.

“The ball always goes with speed with him. With some other guys, the ball goes in the right spot but slower.

“Even if you win the duel in the air, it can be really difficult to score, so in this moment Marcus is one of the boys we trust. Because he’s so young, he’s able to keep developing that day after day.

“He’s always with one of the assistant coaches trying to make it even better.”