Manchester United striker Rashford turns 20 today, with the youngster now regarded as one of English football’s brightest hopes.
Many expected his potential to be stifled when Mourinho took charge of the Red Devils in May 2016, replacing Louis van Gaal.
But Rashford is now a regular under the 54-year-old, and made 53 appearances across all competitions as the club won the EFL Cup and Europa League last term.
And the Daily Mail say that, so strong is Mourinho’s faith in the 20-year-old, it was behind his reasons to end Memphis and Rooney’s Manchester United careers.
Memphis was, at one point, tipped to be the new darling of Old Trafford.
The Holland international was signed by Van Gaal from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015, with his performances in his homeland drawing comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.
But he toiled during his only full season at the club and Mourinho consequently sold him to Lyon in January this year.
Rooney, meanwhile, had been on the wane for quite some time.
Mourinho was torn over the decision to let him go, knowing that as a club legend his stock in Manchester is extremely high.
However, the Daily Mail say Rashford’s form ultimately prompted Mourinho to accept the veteran’s decision to rejoin Everton.
It is not just his prowess in front of goal that has endeared him to his manager.
Mourinho is also a fan of his work-rate, with it being one of the reasons why he starts over Anthony Martial most weeks.
Published at Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:16:50 +0000