Football pundit Garth Crooks has aimed a dig at former Manchester United manager José Mourinho following Marcus Rashford’s excellent performance against Norwich City on Saturday.
Rashford continued his goalscoring form against the Canaries, scoring a brace as the Red Devils won 4-0, and he’s been named in Crooks’ Premier League team of the week as a result.
While it’s brilliant for us to see Rashford’s form improve this season, it’s unclear why Crooks felt the need to dig out Mourinho over this.
Crooks praised the 22-year-old but made the point that he felt he’d most likely no longer be at the club or else be playing in the reserves if Mourinho were still in charge. He wrote (via BBC Sport): “The way Rashford nonchalantly took his first goal against Norwich told you all you need to know about his development. The casual manner in which he celebrated screamed ‘this is just what I do for a living’ and that it was simply business as usual.
“I can’t help but feel if Jose Mourinho was still at Old Trafford, Rashford would be playing for a club abroad or in the reserves — instead, he is now flourishing at the club he loves.”
And this is the club he loves. You never hear about Rashford looking for a move elsewhere, he’s just a young lad who loves playing and scoring goals for his local team.
Mourinho wasn’t the best manager for his development and you can see the difference in Rashford playing under Solskjaer, who gives his attacking players more freedom than the Portuguese tactician.
See the full BBC Sport team of the week below.
Mourinho is now in charge of Tottenham and they will likely compete with United for a Champions League spot. They are currently eight in the Premier League table with 30 points, while we sit fifth on 34 points.