Rashford was ruled out of the game through illness and didn’t travel with his Manchester United teammates on the train down to London. As Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial were ruled out through injury, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic being suspended, it left Mourinho with an injury crisis for the Chelsea game.
However, Rashford took the decision himself to play the game, travelled down and put in a superb shift in a tough role as an isolated striker. That clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by Mourinho.
“The decision came from him,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference.
“He understood the situation and that he was the only one with a chance to play. He put himself on the line.”
Contrast Mourinho’s comments to the last time we played Chelsea when he singled out Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for doing the opposite and not being willing to put themselves on the line when not 100%. Rashford has got some serious brownie points by doing this and Mourinho doesn’t strike me as the sort of manager to forget this sort of thing.
Rashford was ace too. He was a pest for Chelsea’s defence and ran himself into the ground despite not feeling 100%, imagine what he could have done at full tilt.
When Ibrahimovic leaves United I hope Rashford is the man who fills his boots as the club’s main striker and experiences like this game against Chelsea are certainly going to help him continue progressing. Well done Marcus, keep at it lad.