Mourinho praises Man Utd star’s ‘special mentality’

Date published: Friday 21st April 2017 8:26

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford after his heroics against Anderlecht.

Mourinho emphasised the trust he has in match-winner Rashford, whose turn and finish was impressive in such a high-pressure situation as United defeated the Belgians 2-1 in extra-time to reach the Europa League semis.

“It is hard for the kid to play every match, but I always trust the players with special mentalities,” the United boss said.

“That is why I kept Marcus on the team the whole time – for months he was not scoring a goal, but my trust in the boy is always based on his mentality.

“In spite of being a young kid, other guys can look at him. We have great examples of fighters, of people with the right mentality.”

United find out their semi-final opponents in Friday’s draw, with Ajax, Celta Vigo or Lyon lying in wait.

“I’m relieved,” Mourinho added. “I’m happy. It was a difficult game, difficult opponent.

“I am tired. I imagine the players are more tired than me. But we are in the draw and we still have the dream to win the competition.”

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