Man United boss said: ‘I think he has to learn how to enjoy it – if he was a bad player, nobody would try to provoke him’
JOSE MOURINHO has told his young Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford not to worry about the boo-boys after getting abused at the weekend.
Swansea fans still incensed over Rashford winning a penalty against them last year got stuck into the 19-year-old after he wasted a one-on-one.
And the young England international’s appeals for free-kicks were often waved away by referee Jonathan Moss amid Swansea claims that Rashford was diving.
But Mourinho’s reaction is that the Old Trafford whizkid – yet to score this season – must enjoy being targeted by opposition fans, insisting it is a compliment.
Mourinho said: “I think he has to learn how to enjoy it.
“If he was a bad player, nobody would try to provoke him. They see the speed, the danger, and probably they think they can affect him.
“I think if he was on the bench and if he comes on for the last 15 or 20 minutes when the space is there, I think he would do the same things as the other guys did.
“I think he has to adapt to it. He is an English kid, a young kid who plays for their national team. Oh, I’m sorry, they are Welsh!”
Mourinho’s reference to “as the other guys did” applied especially to Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman came off the bench and scored in the 4-0 demolition of West Ham and Martial repeated the feat with another goal as a substitute in another 4-0 triumph at Swansea.
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Mourinho added: “We had a conversation about the future he has here and I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
“I think he is growing in confidence and to have two periods of 20 minutes and score two goals is good for that.
“Of course he wants to play, start for us, be selected for the national team and go to the World Cup.
“That’s good and for me, it’s simple. I cannot play Premier League, Champions League and cups with 11 players. I need a squad.
“He is working really well and maybe the little French language group we have with Paul, Romelu and Marouane Fellaini is helping him.
“He is very well integrated now. They bring him up and his level has improved.”