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Jose Mourinho within his rights to hit back at the media?

Monday 17th September 2018

Jose Mourinho mixing with the British media always leads to fun and games. Time and time again, outbursts from the Portuguese have led to a frosty relationship between the pair. Sometimes, though, the Manchester United manager is well within his rights to hit back...

All week we've heard about why Marcus Rashford should swap Old Trafford for Goodison Park or elsewhere. Jamie Carragher's logic was that he'd earn more game-time upon Merseyside. At this time, I'd like to point out that no outfield player has made more appearance under Mourinho during his time at United than the 20-year-old from Wythenshawe... Yep...

Ex-Liverpool man Phil Thompson also had his say. The Sky Sports 'pundit' reckons Rashford 'doesn't fit in' at United. Apparently, there isn't a trust there from Mourinho in the striker. Imagine Thompson's surprise when he finds out that the England international has started in five finals during the manager's two-and-a-bit-year stint at the Theatre of Dreams? Oh...

When Mourinho states that Dominic Solanke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (who are all older than Rashford, by the way), stating that their respective managers aren't being criticised, or those players aren't being told to leave their current clubs, the United boss has an extremely valid point.

Why only United? Why only Mourinho? Is it due to the fact that Rashford is an England regular whereas the others aren't? Or is it something to do with United themselves? After all, the Red Devils are still widely regarded as the biggest club in the country. With a box-office manager at the helm, that story is always going to sell...

Is it just naivety from the journalists? It always seems to come to the fore after Rashford scores a goal or two for his country, then he'll hit the back of the net for United and it's forgotten about - until the next time he goes a few games without scoring before an international break...

The question I'd like to ask is, say Rashford does move to Everton, I'd argue that he'd play fewer minutes for The Toffees than he would at United. That's largely down to Champions League participation coupled with the fact that the Old Trafford club tends to go farther in the domestic cup competitions than their Liverpudlian counterparts. 

Then I'd look at the quality in and around Rashford. Do you think he'll be learning more playing alongside Romelu Lukaku or Cenk Tosun? Do you think Rashford improves quicker playing with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez feeding him balls? Or Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin? Honestly, the answer is pretty clear in my mind, but that's for you to decide... This isn't a knock on Everton by the way, I just think it's daft to suggest that Rashford doesn't fit in at a club where he has spent the last thirteen years playing his football.

Media members were outraged when Mourinho hit back at them. It's like they think they're allowed to critique his ideas, mantras and handling of young players, but as soon as he says something back, he's in 'meltdown' (according to The Mirror's James Whaling). I say fair play to Jose. He's hit the nail on the head here. Rashford's right at home at United. The minutes, the chances will come, the player knows that. I don't expect him to leave Old Trafford any time soon. Honestly, I don't really think the press care whether he does or not, after all, they're just trying to meet their click-quota...

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Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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