Marcus Rashford better than Ronaldo and Kane at 20 - Southgate

England striker Harry Kane came on as a second-half substitute against Switzerland

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho launched a strong defence of his use of Marcus Rashford in his press conference today and took a dig at Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri.

Romelu Lukaku has been United's undisputed first-choice striker since arriving in a £75 million deal from Everton in the summer of 2017, leaving Rashford to get the majority of his first-team minutes from the substitutes' bench or starting on the wing.

The Manchester United forward scored twice in two games for England over the worldwide break.

"Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he's Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions", he added. He had left [Riyad] Mahrez out of the team, so he needed to get him on because he [Mahrez] is still adapting to the way of playing.

Incidentally, he has now played more minutes for England this season in two matches than he has for United in four.

When asked is he felt Rashford was a "special talent" after Tuesday's win over Switzerland, southgate replied: "Yes he is". They have to try and win matches.

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It is not as straightforward for Pep as: 'Oh, I'll just give Phil a game.' Every decision you make as a manager has a knock-on effect and I understand how complicated that is.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places".

"Some of the step-overs and things Cristiano Ronaldo was doing at that age [were remarkable], but Ronaldo wasn't converting them into the same number of goals". They have to rotate their squads.

"Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow, because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies", said Mourinho. He's got huge competition for places at his club, so you can understand that (frustration).

One stat highlights just how precocious Rashford is: He has scored in his senior United debut (as a late call-up for a Europa League match in February 2016), his Premier League debut, his England debut, his Champions League debut and also his first Manchester derby.

"If I'm him I'm kicking the door down as I want to play - I want to play for Man United", Adam told talkSPORT.

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