Mourinho defends use of Rashford and attacks pundits

The 20-year-old forward impressed for England over the worldwide break as he started and scored against both Spain and Switzerland.

"So, with me in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals".

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Rashford is now suspended for three games after being sent off for violent conduct in United's 2-0 win over Burnley before the worldwide break.

Tongue in cheek, Mourinho said he is still expecting criticism when the forward was not in the team against Watford.

'Some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies, so I can expect some of them will wake up on Sunday... and always the thing that comes to their mind is Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho unveiled a piece of paper detailing the games and minutes Rashford - who has started eight games in all competitions since Alexis Sanchez's arrival in January - has played under him.

'Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game.

"We have to remember that I don't think Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs, really".

Though this comes as a result of Chelsea's previous focus on immediate success rather than developing their own talent, Mourinho must also take some blame with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah initially failing to make it in the Premier League at a young age while managed by the Portuguese.

Thompson added: "He has to analyse his game time this year but when you look at a manager to player relationship, I don't think there is total trust from the manager of whether he's a centre-forward, a left-sided player or a right-sided one".

Like with so many others in the England squad, though, that confidence can only be maintained if Rashford plays for his club, no matter what he has achieved so far and the impressive comparisons he has drawn.

A move to another club could provide more playing time but sticking at United will help him win silverware. Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision or because he was injured or suspended, he was never, never out of a selection. "He was never, ever out for selection, so he knows, and that's the most important thing".

Mourinho joked about this when defending his deployment of the player. He returned to Carrington on Monday but Mourinho admits the 23-year-old is a doubt to face Watford, who have started the season with 12 points from four games.

"I don't know [if he will play]", said Mourinho.

"So we have to give him time to develop".