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Jose Mourinho Responds To Marcus Rashford’s Teaching Manchester United Players How To Win Penalties Claim

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Jose Mourinho suggested he is not responsible for Manchester United’s high penalty win rate, despite Marcus Rashford’s claims he taught players to be more ‘savvy’.

The number of penalties won by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has become a major bone of contention ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp brought up United’s high volume of penalties after defeat against Southampton earlier this month – where Sadio Mane was denied two penalties in a 1-0 loss.

‘I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five and a half years,’ Klopp said. ‘I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.’

Since Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford, replacing Mourinho, in 2018, United have been awarded 42 penalties. More than twice as many as Liverpool.

Rashford suggested Mourinho’s influence was key, telling the FWA: ‘I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times I can remember where I should have had a penalty.
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‘Jose ended up saying to me, “if you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to give it”. After that, we started to get a few penalties. It was something that in terms of development you have to learn that and understand it.’

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Mourinho, however, suggested his influence has been overstated by the Manchester United attacker. Indeed, his Manchester United side won only 25 penalties across his reign and the majority of Louis van Gaal’s final season in charge.

‘Look, first of all, the Liverpool-Manchester United is a big match,’ said Mourinho.

‘That doesn’t need me to make it bigger or to do any headlines before such a big match that I know means so much for both clubs and both supporters population. So I’ll leave comments maybe for later but not for now.

‘But if you feel the need to feel something to write about it, do it in a very simple way. Stats. Go to Opta, go to stats. Go to my history as a manager in my 10 Premier League seasons. Compare numbers and take your conclusions.’Photo Credit: Getty

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