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Marcus Rashford double overcomes Liverpool at Old Trafford

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Marcus Rashford scored twice on his recall to the Manchester United starting XI to give Jose Mourinho’s side the full three points through 1 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils opened the scoring when Romelu Lukaku’s header from David de Gea’s clearance found Rashford charging into the visitors’ box, and the 20-year old cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing into the bottom corner.

Lukaku also contributed to United’s second as he held up the ball from another goal-kick before feeding Juan Mata and, although he could not get a shot away, the ball fell for Rashford to score via a slight deflection from Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool were second best in every department, could have fallen further behind even further when Juan Mata volleyed acrobatically from an Alexis Sanchez cross, although the Spaniard hit it wide.

Jurgen Klopp’s side improved dramatically after the break but even with United defending deep, the visitors cranked up the pressure without ever really opening up their hosts.

Furthermore, it took an own goal for the Reds to reduce the deficit when Eric Bailly turned Sadio Mane’s cross past De Gea while attempting to clear at the near post.

However, Mourinho’s win was marred and criticized as a largely defensive display in which they had just 32% of possession and two shots on target, but Jose Mourinho added that he “doesn’t care” whether people think his Manchester United side deserved the victory.

“It was a complete performance by us with two different halves,” Mourinho said. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care. I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.”

“The second half it was not our intention to be as defensive as we were. Liverpool pushed us back but I don’t remember the chances that needed David de Gea to make the goal safe. I don’t remember a dangerous situation to our goal. It was control by them having the ball and control by us without the ball. I think we deserved the three points.”

Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford is progressing despite bench role

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that forward Marcus Rashford progress this season is pleasing even in the face of what the Portuguese has described as unrealistic expectations.

Rashford, 20, has scored 11 times in 40 appearances.

This meant that the forward has already equalled his tally of goals for the last term, which came in 52 games, and seems certain to continue to improve his season-by-season tally after eight in 18 appearances in his debut campaign of 2015-16.

Mourinho had previously stated that this season would feature a step-change in performance from Rashford following what can often be a challenging second season in the first team.

“At his age, what he’s doing is more than enough and the experience he’s getting at every level is more than enough for us to be happy with what we think is going to be his future. It’s as simple as that.”

“But because he had such an impact at the beginning, probably people expect him to play even more than he does, and score even more than he does and perform even more than what he does but it is not so simple. What I see makes me really happy, to see the same boy.”

Mourinho also claimed that he believes Rashford’s prospects of selection by England for Russia 2018 will be unaffected by not being a regular, although he also would not offer the youngster any assurances regarding his status.

“It’s up to Gareth Southgate,” the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager added. “If he trusts him, he selects him. It doesn’t matter if he plays or if he doesn’t play for Manchester United.”

“No, I don’t reassure anyone. The main reassurance is that he is always selected. There is not one single match when Marcus is not selected to start or to be on the bench.”

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to leave United in the summer, Rashford may be offered more game time as a stand-in to Romelu Lukaku at centre-forward.

England reaches Russia World Cup finals with Harry Kane winner

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England captain Harry Kane scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification for next summer’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory against Slovenia at Wembley.

Kane stretched out to nudge in Kyle Walker’s cross for his 14th goal in his past nine games to finally break down Slovenia’s tough resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.

Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling almost broke the deadlock before Kane made his breakthrough, but the hosts must also be grateful to goalkeeper Joe Hart — whose selection into the team came under much criticism — for some crucial interventions that also earned him the official man-of-the-match award. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

While England carry a forward threat in the shape of Kane and Rashford — who will both be supported by the likes Dele Alli when he is free from suspension — the team still looks lacking in inspiration and creativity in front of goal that all but permits nothing but low expectations for Gareth Southgate’s squad in the coming summer.

It was only Kane who provided the single moment of quality that saved England the blushes this time around. In what was his first time skippering for England, his goal saved the team from potentially vicious feedback against a largely forgettable performance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alli’s replacement for the night, was unable to repay Southgate’s faith in him and thus it came hardly a surprise when he was replaced by Jesse Lingard after 64 minutes.

Although his coach has shown great belief in him by starting him against Malta and Slovakia in past qualifiers, his struggles were clear with a scarcity of confidence despite making distinct efforts to help his team in front of one and all.

Still, Gareth Southgate is clear in the belief of his selection of a group of young players. “As a young team and having to deal with the expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them,” he said.

“They are giving everything they’ve got. They don’t have Champions League winning medals between them. We have to give them the belief and the backing to help them achieve. It’s not a relief, I always thought we’d achieve the objective [of qualifying]. Tonight highlighted where we are. We are not going to become Spain in the next eight months.”

Gareth Southgate out to strengthen England-Man United ties

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England manager Gareth Southgate will attempt to improve the relationship between the FA and the authorities at Manchester United after admitting there had been a trust issue.

At present, the Football Association (FA) of England suspects Manchester United have withheld valuable key sports science data regarding England international players because United coach Jose Mourinho and his staff believed that such information will be leaked to rival clubs.

While there are other clubs that share United’s sentiments, the Red Devils were the only club to made their misgivings distinct as Southgate makes it “a case of building up trust” with the Manchester club.

“To clarify, we share our data,” Southgate said. “We don’t always receive data, though. That’s what we would like because it would help us work out a training schedule when they [the players] first come into camp.”

“That can be a big help but we can’t enforce it. That has to be an agreement – sharing – and at the moment some clubs are more comfortable with it than others. One of the dangers, I guess, is the perception of it being leaked.”

However, Southgate insisted that Mourinho’s feelings would not hamper him from making decisions “that are right for England” which includes the selection of Marcus Rashford for two games next month: a World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against France just three days later.

“I’m not in a position where I can make decisions to keep people happy. I’m not going to achieve that,” Southgate added. “The key for us is not the relationship with Jose, it’s the relationship with Marcus. I didn’t speak to him (Mourinho) about it. I let him know where I was heading with it at the end.”

“Respectfully, none of the managers are going to be around in 10 years, or it’s very, very unlikely, and I think people like Marcus Rashford will be. So there’s always going to be some collision at some point on that and some disagreement on that.”