Jose showed us how to win penalties! Marcus Rashford reveals Mourinho is behind Manchester United’s spot-kick fortunes… and insists there is ‘no bigger game’ than playing Liverpool ahead of Anfield showdown
- Marcus Rashford has revealed that Jose Mourinho taught him to win penalties
- The striker said Mourinho told him to be ‘savvy’ when he was United manager
- Jurgen Klopp recently bemoaned the number of penalties United are getting
- Rashford also said there is ‘no bigger game’ to score in than against Liverpool
Marcus Rashford has revealed how Jose Mourinho instructed him to become more streetwise in the box as the Manchester United forward prepares for Sunday’s title showdown with Liverpool.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp recently bemoaned the number of penalties his team are awarded compared to United.
And Rashford claims former United boss Mourinho triggered the change in the club’s fortunes in that area.
Marcus Rashford has revealed that Jose Mourinho taught him how to win more penalties
The United striker (centre) said he ‘started to get a few penalties’ after Mourinho’s coaching
‘There have been times when we have probably not got penalties,’ he said.
‘I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and he ended up saying to me, “If you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to get it”.
‘After that, we started to get a few penalties. It was something you have to learn and understand.
‘When you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and you see a challenge coming, you don’t want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal.
Rashford (left) said ex-United boss Mourinho (right) told him to be more ‘savvy’ in the box
‘It is just a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals — penalties can happen.’
United would extend their lead over Liverpool to six points with a victory at Anfield this weekend.
‘For me, there’s no sweeter feeling than scoring against Liverpool or Manchester City,’ said Rashford, this year’s recipient of the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently bemoaned United getting more penalties than his side
‘There’s no bigger games for a kid from Manchester to score goals in, so it’s definitely a game I’m looking forward to.
‘It’s going to be a good feeling if we manage to win the League. If we finish second or third, it’s not going to have been a good season for us.
‘We are more dangerous, we can score goals at any time. But it’s a start. We can do much better. We have an unbelievable connection.’
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