Jose Mourinho reacts to Marcus Rashford's man-of-the-match performance v Spurs

Jose Mourinho has praised Marcus Rashford’s performance against Tottenham and says the Manchester United forward’s brace proves he was right to tell him to play off the left.

The England international gave the home side the lead after just six minutes on Wednesday night and, after Dele Alli’s stunning effort had tied the match, won and scored a penalty to secure a 2-1 victory against his old manager.

Rashford had the beating of Spurs’ right flank all night and Mourinho believes it has underlined again that his best position is coming in off the left wing.

Asked if he’d seen Rashford play that well before, Mourinho told Amazon Prime: ‘Yes I did. As I always told, from the left.

‘Not as a nine, from the left. I knew it, I told the boys. I told him exactly the way he does things. But he was good, he was really good.’

Spurs were grateful to goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for keeping the scoreline respectable in the first half and Mourinho was gracious in defeat afterwards, admitting his side were second best.

He continued: ‘I think they deserved the victory by their first half. We didn’t start well at all.

‘I think for the first 30 minutes they were the best team, and I think because of that, for this strong 30 minutes where we were not there, and also because of the way we conceded the second goal, I think they deserved to win.’

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also full of praise for Rashford’s performance and believes it is the best he has seen the forward play since he took over from Mourinho at Old Trafford.

‘It’s the best he’s had under me. He was mature, strong against good Premier League players. His penalty was calm and composed, and his [first] goal, we know he’s got those strikes in him and he had three or four chances,’ Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

‘It’s like he was back on the playground or in the back garden. We want them to have fun, there’s nothing dangerous out there – just 75,00 people, wanting to see the best [of them].’

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