Rashford admits Mourinho taught Man Utd players to dive to win penalties

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Marcus Rashford has revealed how Jose Mourinho taught Manchester United how to win penalties.

United have won 20 spot kicks in the Premier League since the start of last season – compared to just 10 for bitter rivals Liverpool.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp highlighted the fact in a rant about United last week, after seeing his side denied two strong appeals in a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

Klopp, whose side host United in an epic showdown on Sunday, has won 46 penalties in all competitions since taking charge at Anfield, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have been awarded 67 in the same time.

Rashford insists United have former boss Mourinho to thank for their glut of spot kicks.

The England ace, who has become the youngest recipient of the Football Writers' Association 'Tribute Award' in recognition for his fight against child food poverty, said: "There have been times when we have probably not got penalties.

"I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me: 'if you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to get given it.'

"After that, we started to get a few penalties. It was something in terms of development you have to learn that and understand it."

Rashford has also revealed how United stars constantly shout for penalties in training games at Carrington and he added: "It is worse in training than it is in games!

"We are having arguments every day, shouting at whoever the referee is. As a forward line, we want to go and score goals. When you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming, you don't want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal.

"There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so for me it is just a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen."

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