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.
This is exclusively reported by thesun.co.uk
The shock 3-2 defeat to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup has seen Massimiliano Allegri’s need for new additions only intensify.
JUVENTUS have made Marouane Fellaini one of their top targets as they look to bolster their midfield. Blaise Matuidi is still the Bianconeri’s first choice and reports in Italy suggest a deal with the current Paris Saint-Germain man could be reached by the weekend.
Reported interest from Galatasaray led Jose Mourinho to admit it would be easier for a club to sign him than it would be the Belgian. However, Juventus are hopeful Nemanja Matic’s impressive start to life at Manchester United may see the ‘Special One’ soften his stance. Massimiliano Allegri wants to bring in two central midfielders in before the summer transfer window slams — and the need for new faces have intensified following a shock loss to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup.
But, should they complete a deal for Matuidi, they would only be willing to pay around £22.5million to sign Fellaini. And United are unlikely to accept that for a player they would rather not sell.
Special One believes opening-day clash proved Red Devils have learned their lessons from last season.
Old Trafford fans grew frustrated with a number of stalemates in the previous campaign – an issue the boss signed Romelu Lukaku to fix.
Mourinho, 54, said: “The game was open at 2-0 and they had a chance. “I don’t think the game was 4-0 of course you score the third and you breathe and you relax, you play with a lot of confidence – 10 more minutes and we could have scored more. “I think we didn’t start especially well. I think we were nervous, not so confident but then we had a quality performance good personality and we looked confident.
“It’s nice for Morata to score, nice for Wayne Rooney to score, nice for Lukaku to score, Lacazette and some others that I don’t know. “We lost two points against West Ham here last season. We had matches where we were dominant but couldn’t score enough goals. Today we did and got three important points. “The reality of it is in the last part of the game instead of being boring and controlling the game we scored the third goal and everything is open to enjoy, yes I’m happy.”