The youngster has made 51 appearances in all competitions under the Portuguese this season, more than any other player, scoring 11 goals in the process.
He was recently instated as Mourinho’s first choice striker following Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s season ending injury last month and hasn’t disappointed, producing two sensational performances against Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final.
And Rashford, upon hearing that the 54-year-old regarded him as one of his most trustworthy players, responded: “It’s a massive thing when a manager like him says that.”
“The best thing about it is that you’ve earned it. He didn’t just come in and say ‘there you go – play every game’. He’s made us all work for his trust and respect.
“Sometimes it’s difficult and sometimes it’s easier but the players are all battling and improving to work for him. It’s massive for us and you can see how everyone’s come on this year.”
For anybody still keen on lambasting Mourinho for his inability to blood young talents, look no further than the case of Rashford this season.
The 19-year-old has not just emneshed himself further in the starting XI; he has actively developed as the months have gone by, developing his overall intelligence and awareness on the pitch.
Mourinho’s philosophy behind selecting players is clear: if you work hard and show readiness to improve, a place in the side will come your way, regardless of how old you are.