Marcus Rashford on Jose Mourinho’s ‘tough love’ that helped mould him at Man Utd

Marcus Rashford has admitted that playing under Jose Mourinho was 'tough' – but says the former Manchester United manager's methods helped make him the player he is today.

Rashford is United's top scorer this campaign, having fired 19 goals and provided five assists in all competitions before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mourinho, who was sacked as Red Devils boss in December 2018, has always maintained that Rashford is not a centre forward and is more useful out wide.

But the 22-year-old has played across United's front line under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and appears to be firmly a part of the current manager's plans.

Now Rashford has opened up on his time playing for Mourinho, describing it as a "tough period".

"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," said England ace Rashford, speaking to the UTD podcast.

"As an all-round player I've improved a lot and a lot of 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 me a better player."

Rashford also hailed former United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for showing him the mental fortitude needed to thrive under Mourinho.

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