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Rashford reveals how Mourinho taught Man Utd players to be ‘warned’ to earn penalties


Man United’s penalty record has been widely discussed and Rashford has given an explanation for their recent strong record.

Marcus Rashford has revealed how Jose Mourinho taught him how to win penalties, ahead of Manchester United’s critical clash with Liverpool.

United’s record of penalties in recent seasons has become a bone of contention, with many voicing their opinion on the number of awards for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Jurgen Klopp was the last to get a kick out with comments that some say were made in an attempt to influence the referees as he complained that his team were not fortunate enough to be kicked.

United have had 20 penalties since the start of last season in the league compared to Liverpool’s 10, while United have won 67 penalties during Klopp’s tenure at Anfield compared to the Reds’ 46.

There has been a lot of debate as to why United have led the table in penalties awarded and Rashford has explained that this is due to the movement of their attackers and advice from Mourinho when he is in charge.

“As the front line we want to go and score goals, when you are racing behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming up you don’t want to be tackled because you are looking for a scoring opportunity. goal, ”Rashford told the FWA.

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

“I remember when Jose was a manager there were five or six times I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me, ‘If you’re not forewarned about how you do it, then you are not going to be given. he.’

“After that we started to get some penalties. It was something in terms of development, you had to learn it and understand it. “

United travel to Anfield on Sunday three points clear of the defending champions after an impressive run of form in the league, but it won’t be an easy task to extend their lead to six points as Klopp’s side are unbeaten at home in the league. back to April 2017.

However, Rashford believe United will start Sunday’s game in a better place than they have been in recent years.

“I think we have one of the most versatile teams in the Premier League, especially going forward. It’s exciting, but it’s the start of something, we want to keep moving forward and improving, ”said Rashford, who received the Football Writers’ Association award for his outstanding contribution.

“We have to show that we are ready to fight for what we want and what we all want is success. We are more ready now than two years ago in terms of leaders on the pitch and ready to fight for the trophies. But we still have to get our hands on these trophies.