Jose Mourinho has hit out at Marcus Rashford for staying on his feet too long against Leicester City, and said that other players are more intelligent and do not stay on their feet in the box – and end up winning penalties because of it.
United lost two points against the Foxes, and Mourinho was fuming – making it very clear that he thinks the club should have converted their chances – but more than that, Rashford should have won a penalty and shown the officials that he had been fouled.
The Express report he said: “You know that our players that are, I don’t know the word – you know. In some other cultures people used to call intelligent players, in the English culture, depends on the player, depends on the club.
“I remember for example, last year Marcus Rashford had an easy penalty against Swansea and he was killed and some other players they keep doing the same and worse and they keep being protected.
“But honestly, I don’t know if it was a penalty or if it was not a penalty. I know that Moss had a very good performance, a performance that the Leicester supporters, they were complaining with everything but without any reason because the red card is a red card, the two yellows are two yellows, the free kicks he makes were free kicks, the yellow card to Mahrez is a yellow card because he dived so I think Moss had a very good performance.
“If it was a penalty and he didn’t give, I’m not critical at all because he had a good – he had a very good performance and if Marcus was not intelligent like some other guys are, that’s it.”
The main issue from the game for Mourinho was how naive his players were in the box and in front of goal, with the former Chelsea manager calling them ‘childish’ on more than one occasion in his post match interview, and making it clear that while some days his side do not deserve all three points and may get them, this was an occasion in which his side should have won – and were unlucky and sloppy, and did not.
The title is now gone, and that’s something everyone seems to agree on, leaving United with the task of either finishing second and without a trophy or going for the FA and Champions League cups.