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This stat about Marcus Rashford will silence all the Jose Mourinho doubters

Mourinho has taken some heat in the press recently for not using Rashford properly and after his brace against Liverpool questions have been asked whether it's time for the young star to leave Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has been in such a good mood this week he’s returned to the jovial banter merchant we all know and love.

His comments about Frank De Boer being the worst manager in Premier League history were straight out of the top drawer.

And it is all because of one young England star, Marcus Rashford.

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Is that Cristiano in disguise?

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Is that Cristiano in disguise?

After all the discussion of whether Rashford is fading away under Mourinho at Man United, the Special One threw him a start against Liverpool and he kindly paid him back with a brilliant brace to win the staunch rivalry.

Smiles all round.

But still the question persists, does Rashford get enough playing time under the Portuguese or is it time for him to move on in order to reach his potential?

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“Look Marcus in the distance, all the haters”

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“Look Marcus in the distance, all the haters”

Not trusting young players is a stick Mourinho has been beaten with since his first spell at Chelsea but a stat has been unearthed that will change your mind on everything you’ve heard about Rashford recently.

As it turns out, the 20-year-old has made more appearances during Mourinho’s reign at United than any other player.

Rashford’s 93 games is 12 more than his nearest rival David De Gea who has played 81 times and Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial who have both played 80 times.

Martial was another who commentators claimed was being underused by the United boss.

Gravity defying running

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Gravity defying running

Although the Liverpool game was Rashford’s first league start this year, he has played 39 games for United this season has scored 12 goals.

Across the Premier League and in Europe he has been on the pitch for almost 1,700 minutes.

Last season he made 32 league appearances and a further 11 in the Europa League totalling 2,400 minutes on the pitch.

De Gea meanwhile has played 3,150 minutes this season and another 3,420 but he is the no.1 keeper after all.