José Mourinho praises “phenomenal” Marcus Rashford for defensive efforts vs Southampton

José Mourinho praises “phenomenal” Marcus Rashford for defensive efforts vs Southampton

José Mourinho hailed Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as “phenomenal” after the young striker worked tirelessly in the Reds’ 1-0 win against Southampton.

With Man United sitting back for much of the game on Saturday afternoon, Rashford saw little of the ball in the final third, but received praise from his manager nevertheless.

Playing on the left-wing, Rashford spent more time in his own half than usual, helping out left-back Ashley Young.

“Marcus was phenomenal,” Mourinho said.

“Marcus felt what everybody else felt, if we don’t concede we win three points so let’s fight hard not to.”

Rashford didn’t add to his goal or assist tally against Southampton, but continues to improve as a player with contrasting experiences.

United had to fight hard to maintain their lead at St. Mary’s, after Romelu Lukaku had struck home from a rebound in the 20th-minute.

Rashford was a key part of that defensive performance in the second half, with Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints putting the visitors seriously under the cosh.

Mourinho has continually praised the work ethic and attitude of his young striker Rashford since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2016.

Many worried about how much gametime Rashford would get under the Portuguese, but his development under Mourinho’s tutelage has been superb, with plenty of action and huge improvements made.

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