Jose Mourinho reveals transfer plans amid Rashford and Martial unrest

Reuters  John Sibley

Reuters John Sibley

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford appears to have quashed recent speculation that he could quit his boyhood club over a lack of starting opportunities after admitting that the fortunes of the team remain more important than any individual and speaking about the special privilege it is to be a local home-grown player.

The France forward is refusing to sign a new contract until he is assured of regular game time.

Both players started on the bench in last weekend's victory over Manchester City - Martial was unused while Rashford came on for just eight minutes plus stoppage time.

Rashford has made 97 of Mourinho's 112 games but the England star is concerned with his position in England's World Cup squad and feels he should play even more to secure a solid spot in Southgate's line up.

But the Manchester United boss was blunt in his answers on Rashford and Martial.

While only Romelu Lukaku has played more than the 43 games the England global has started for his club, just 22 of those have come from the beginning of games.

'It's just football, we can not have 11 players, it would be wonderful economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, suspension, fatigue, it would be better for everyone to have only 11 but is not impossible, ' said Mourinho. You always go to the one.

However, Mourinho insists he will not bring in any competition for the Belgian striker.

"In our case, we come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard and making the players understand it is not enough to deserve second. Probably I have to reduce and send some away and have a squad of 12 players".

"If you go to his numbers and see how many matches he played last season and this with me, I would say he's in the top five players with matches in the two seasons". "I try to raise the levels of training and I think I managed to do it because I'm really pleased with all these [last few] days".

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