Marcus Rashford reveals Jose Mourinho helped Man Utd get more penalties

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has revealed that former coach Jose Mourinho taught him to be “more savvy” in the penalty area so that he is more likely to win a penalty for a foul by failing to giving no doubt to the referee.

A player who tries to stay upright when he is the victim of a foul in the box may find himself at a disadvantage and not get the ruling because a foul is not always so clear. But Rashford is also adamant that United are not looking for penalties or being given more than they deserve.

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has been attacked by critics for scoring penalties | Pool / Getty Images

“When you’re racing behind or dribbling with the ball and you see a challenge coming, you don’t want to get tackled because you’re looking for an opportunity to score a goal,” he said on Thursday night in accepting. the 2021 Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award.

“There’s no way you’ll let someone take the ball from you, so for me it’s a case where we want to score goals and teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen. There were times when we probably didn’t have any penalties.

“When Jose [Mourinho] was a manager, there were five or six times I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me, “If you don’t know how you do it then you are not going to [get] he.’ After that, we started to receive some penalties.

“It was something, in terms of development, you had to learn and understand.”

José Mourinho, Marcus Rashford
Teaching players how to win more penalties has been a lasting legacy for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp recently made a sharp jibe that United have had more penalties since 2018 than Liverpool have had in their entire time at the club. True, but this season alone United have had just one more in the Premier League and both have scored five. It’s actually Leicester who have been rewarded a lot more than anyone – 10 so far, scoring eight.

Liverpool also profited more from the penalties, taking seven more points as a direct result of the scoring on the spot. United during the same period took six more points.

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