Rashford urged to be patient

05 March 2018 06:09:57 EST

Jose Mourinho insists he has not lost faith in Marcus Rashford even though he has only used the 20-year-old England international sparingly recently.

Rashford has not started a game since Manchester United's FA Cup win at League Two side Yeovil Town in January, although he has featured in 38 matches for the club in all competitions this season, finding the net 10 times.

It has been suggested that Rashford's absence from the United line-up may affect his chances of being involved in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's World Cup, but Mourinho has been quick to play down those concerns.

He said: "The good thing with Marcus is he can play in the three attacking positions so, even when he doesn't start, to be on the bench is such a security for me and for the team.

"Marcus is a fantastic boy. He is also very grounded and, for sure, we love him, and we believe in him and he's going to have the chances to keep developing.

"If the national coach trusts him, he selects him. It doesn't matter if he plays [for Manchester United] or if he doesn't play.

"At his age, what he's doing is more than enough, and the experience that he's getting at every level is more than enough, for us to be happy with what we think is going to be his future."

United visit Crystal Palace on Monday evening and can be backed at 9/20 to win at Selhurst Park while Rashford is 8/5 to score at any time against Roy Hodgson's team, who are currently available at 6/1 to be relegated this term.

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