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Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised and backed Marcus Rashford to improve under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 22-year-old netted a goal for United in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool. He has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name in 9 league games this season.

Mourinho, who believes Rashford isn’t an out-an-out no.9 had backed the Englishman to improve as time progresses.

“I don’t think he’s a 9 that can play against a low block or that can be a target man,” Mourinho said.

“I think he’s a man of movement, who can attack space and then attack defenders with the ball at his feet.”

“I don’t think he’s a pure 9, so it depends on the model of play. If Ole wants to play the way he played today I think Rashford is the perfect striker for him.”

“He is young, but he’s experienced. At 21 years old, he probably has more matches in the Premier League, in the World Cup, in the Euros, in the Champions League, in the Europa League, than some players at 24, 25.”

“So, for me, the point is not his age, it’s his qualities. For me, he is potentially a very good player in some models of play, in some positions. But as a target man, as a No 9, I don’t think he has the 30 goals that a top striker has.”

“For me, he can get better and better and better playing the way he did today, playing from the left side, playing with a target man.”

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