Manchester United youngster, Marcus Rashford has admitted that he endured a “tough period” at the club under former manager, Jose Mourinho – but has gone on to say that his time under the Portugese made him stronger mentally.
Mourinho was in charge at United for almost two and a half years from the summer of 2016 to December 2018, and despite leading the Red Devils to the Europa League and the League Cup, he was widely criticised for his boring style of play and tendency to create strife within the squad.
Rashford who netted 28 goals and registered 20 assists under Mourinho during his time at Old Trafford, revealed that he is grateful for all the time he spent under the Portugese.
“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. 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 a better player,” he said to Official Manchester United Podcast.
The 22-year-old tended to play out wide under Mourinho, but has been shifted to a central role in the United line-up ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over the managerial reigns at Old Trafford.