Jamie Carragher tells Marcus Rashford to leave Manchester United

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2018

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford can play anywhere in a front three but can only be used in a central role for England, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

"Since I was here, he was never one day out for selection because of my decision, only if injured or suspended".

Jose Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to high-flying Watford on Saturday knowing they can not afford another slip-up if they are to stay on the coattails of the Premier League pacesetters. "Probably you should remind them he is suspended and can not play". That's human, that's natural, it's not ethical but I accept. "I don't understand why people don't like the realness about him".

Things are certainly looking a lot better for Manchester United after their last two games. "Against Brighton we didn't deserve to win that match, but against Tottenham I think we did deserve to win it".

The 23-year-old superbly set-up Marcus Rashford's opener on his first global start since September 2015 - an appearance that came just a week before suffering a double leg break in a Champions League tie.

"I am very happy with the points, I am very happy with the spirit".

"If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be, "Paul, it's obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional", Neville said.

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With four wins from four games, the Hornets are buzzing in third place, joint-top with Liverpool and Chelsea, having beaten Tottenham before the worldwide break.

Chris Smalling quickly doubled the lead for the visitors seven minutes before the break with a smashing half-volley inside the six-yard box after taking Marouane Fellaini's header onto his chest, 0-2. "It was very good that he did that".

"Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, he's not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not Dominic Calvert-Lewin", he concluded, taking aim at some of United's rivals.

Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man United.

Mourinho rolled out statistics, which paints a different picture, and pointed out that Rashford has made a total of 105 appearances since he took charge of the club and has played more than five and a half thousand minutes of football.

Mourinho's research included two small errors: Rashford played the equivalent of 34.1 90-minute matches in 2016-17 for an average of 63.8 full games - and it overlooked how the player has had a longer wait between starts since Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in January. "That's the problem you're always going to have".

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