Jose Mourinho keen for Marcus Rashford not to be an international super sub

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Updated: August 28, 2016

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that he would prefer Saturday’s hero Marcus Rashford to be selected to play for England’s Under-21s rather than sitting on the senior squad’s substitute’s bench.

Eighteen-year-old striker Rashford scored winner on Saturday in their 1-0 win against Hull and managed eight goals last season despite having only made his first-team debut in February.

He then received a shock call-up to be part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

Whilst his international debut came in a friendly against Australia, he was only limited to two late substitute appearances at Euro 2016.

Rashford was named in Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 squad this week.

Mourinho told the press on Friday: “I prefer it this way, because to be selected (for the seniors) and be on the bench behind (Harry) Kane and (Jamie) Vardy and all the experienced players, and play one minute or not play.

“I would prefer him to go to the Under 21s and play what Southgate decides, but I believe 90 or 80 minutes, a big part of matches, and contribute to his development.”

Rashford ended up making 18 appearances last season with all of them being in the starting XI.

Until Saturday’s substitute appearance  the only action he had enjoyed was as a substitute in the Community Shield.

It’s hasn’t been surprising considering new frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s form which has come in and net four goals in four starts.

But Mourinho insists Rashford, who he has described as “amazing” for his age, has a bright future at United and will play “a lot”.

The Portuguese said: “Marcus is a young and talented player. We bought one striker (Ibrahimovic) – not two or three or four. If you don’t trust him or want him to play, you buy other strikers. That is not the case.

“Zlatan is playing and is showing why, and Marcus is our striker number two at the moment. For an 18-year-old boy, I think he is amazing.”

And Mourinho added: “They can play together because they did it already. They played against Leicester (the Community Shield game, a 2-1 victory) as a two when Marcus came on.”

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