Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that players who are part of his plans are given game time during preseason.
The former Chelsea manager explained that those who are not in his thinking would not be given a “single minute” of action. That could worry the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj, who did not feature against Galatasaray.
Speaking to MUTV after the 5-2 win over Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Mourinho was asked about players who came on and whether or not they had demonstrated they are in his plans.
He replied: “Well, if they were not in my plans, I would not give them one single minute. I wouldn’t keep them in my squad.”
To date, only Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are yet to feature under Mourinho.
He added that players with a squad mentality would be valued, explaining: “To be in the squad, you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual, the club is more important than all of us.
Marcus Rashford became a regular starter under former manager Louis van Gaal at the end of last season but, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan having arrived in attacking positions, the 18-year-old was a substitute against Galatasaray.
The England forward came on at half-time and was impressive, winning a penalty, which was scored by Wayne Rooney to give United a 3-2 lead.
Rashford claimed that he is happy to see Ibrahimovic at United, explaining: “It’s been a massive help being with him, day in and day out. There is a lot to learn from him and hopefully I can bring those things to my game.” # Asedeygo