Marcus Rashford says Jose Mourinho used to encourage him to be “savvy” about winning penalties for Manchester United.
With Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drawing attention to the amount of spot-kicks United are awarded ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side coming to Anfield on Sunday, ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says United players have been “clever” about how they win penalties this season.
Since football restarted in June, United have won more penalties (18) than any other English side, and Rashford says penalties are often a talking point in training.
“It is worse in training than it is in games!” said Rashford, speaking after receiving the Football Writers’ Association annual tribute award for outstanding service to the game.
“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.
“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 they are not going to give 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.”
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