The Manchester United teen’s condition — caused by growing pains — got so bad he sometimes could not travel to games on the train.And Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho kept Rashford’s ailment a secret amid fears defenders would target him. SunSport can today reveal the striker’s problem — which he has fully recovered from — was caused by the fact he was still growing. He was 5ft 11in when Mourinho arrived at the club last summer — but is now an inch taller. It meant Mourinho had to leave Rashford, 19, out of some games that were going to be too physical.
He started just 16 league games last season, and only one of the last five, as Mourinho saved him for the Europa League run-in. It was thought last March that Rashford had been left out of their FA Cup fixture against Chelsea as he did not board the train at Stockport with the rest of the team.
In fact, he was being flown down separately to restrict the time he would be sat still on a train, which could have affected his back problem. Now Rashford is fully fit, Mourinho plans to use him as a more regular starter.