MARCUS RASHFORD’s indifferent form for Manchester United has been laid at the door of manager Jose Mourinho – but that’s not the way it should be.
That was the claim of journalist Duncan Castles on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
It’s been said in some quarters that Rashford performs better for his country than he does for his club.
But Castles doesn’t agree with the assessment that Mourinho’s style is stunting the development of the talented youngster.
Speaking on this week’s podcast, he sad: “You might have read articles talking about Marcus Rashford, how he was playing so well for England – which seems to ignore the fact he missed a sitter against Croatia not that long ago – and so badly for Manchester United, and it was down to the dullard of a manager who was making decisions about him at Manchester United.
“I think that shows you the depth of antipathy to Mourinho in sections of the pres”
“I think (that) shows you the depth of antipathy to Mourinho in sections of the press at present because you can dislike Mourinho, you can criticise him in many ways, but if you are able to read a dictionary you would never describe the man as a dullard.”
Rashford could start today when United head to Bournemouth.
The youngster started through the middle in the Manchester giants’ last game – the 2-1 win over Everton – with Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench.
Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot all remain absent for the Vitality Stadium clash.
United captain Valencia has been absent for a month, with manager Mourinho confirming a knee injury will keep him out of today’s trip to the south coast.
Fellaini and Dalot remain out with injuries sustained during the international break, but Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez are back to full fitness.
United boss Mourinho did not provide an update on Phil Jones, who last featured for the club on September 25.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Grant, Young, Darmian, Shaw, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Lindelof, Pogba, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Matic, Pereira, Fred, Lingard, Sanchez, Chong, Lukaku, Martial, Rashford.