Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho got Marcus Rashford right during his time at Manchester United, Andy Gray believes. The duo spent nearly three years at Old Trafford together between 2016 and 2018. And Gray believes Mourinho was right to change Rashford’s position during that time.
When Mourinho took charge of United in 2016, he immediately set about changing Rashford’s position.
The England international had been a centre-forward under Louis van Gaal but, with Mourinho signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and later Romelu Lukaku, things changed.
Rashford ended up playing on the left wing under Mourinho and, since the Tottenham boss’ sacking in December 2018, has impressed there.
The 22-year-old has scored 19 goals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
And Gray believes Mourinho has been proven right about Rashford due to his excellent form under his successor.
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“It seems Jose knew more than most people thought he did,” he told BeIN Sports.
“There were many reasons why Jose didn’t fit there. They didn’t like his style of play, he fell out with people.
“But the thing about Rashford is no one can look back and say, ‘Jose you were wrong about him’.
“He can sit there and say, ‘you know what, I told you guys’.”
Gray was speaking after Rashford had hailed a ‘tough period’ under Mourinho for making him stronger.
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“It was tough but I think when you look back on it in five or six years, they’re the moments that give you that mental toughness,” Rashford told the UTD Podcast.
“As an all-round player I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to those two years under Jose.
“We had ups and downs. When I look back at it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player.”
Many thought the arrival of Ibrahimovic in 2016 upset Rashford because he wanted to play in the Sweden international’s position.
But the England striker has insisted that was never the case and he loved his time playing alongside the AC Milan hitman.
“His mentality was beyond anything I’d ever played with before,” Rashford added.
“He didn’t care what anyone would say to him or what anyone was saying about him.
“In terms of his mentality he was key to my development, especially when Jose was there because he was someone who had played under him before and he knew you had to be a certain type of way to survive under him.”
Rashford won two trophies under Mourinho at United.
He was part of the squad that lifted the EFL Cup and Europa League titles in 2017 – and helped the Red Devils finish second in the league table the following year.
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