Jose Mourinho insists he told Marcus Rashford he did not care about any missed chances during half-time in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Reading.
Manchester United were leading 2-0 with goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, but Rashford had been unlucky for a majority of the night, even though he was involved in most of the chances created.
It was only until the second-half where he found two well-deserved goals within four minutes as he finally found a way past Reading goalkeeper Ali al-Habsi.
Speaking about the situation, Mourinho claims it will be a big boost for his confidence moving forward.
“The goals for an attacking player are always nice,” he said. “For his confidence it is important he scores these goals but we won against West Ham with his contribution, we won against Middlesbrough with his contribution, and he didn’t score goals.
“I spoke to him at half-time and I told him that I don’t care about the goals he missed in the first half.
“He had a big responsibility in the way we were breaking down their defensive line, he was playing so well for us so one less goal doesn’t change it for an attacking player.”
He had not scored since the 4-1 in over Leicester in September and it’ll be brilliant boost for him to find the back of the net twice.
Rashford hasn’t been playing upfront with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at the club in the summer but there’s no doubt that he has what it takes to lead the charge when Mourinho relies upon him.