Mourinho in passionate defence of 'desperate' Rashford

The England striker once again failed to find the net against Everton on Tuesday but his manager is not worried and has called for him to "keep going"

Jose Mourinho has launched an impassioned defence of Marcus Rashford after the Manchester United striker's woes in front of goal continued against Everton.

The England international started his fourth game in a row against the Toffees on Tuesday night but failed to find the net as the Red Devils slumbered to a 1-1 draw.

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Indeed, Rashford hasn't scored in the Premier League since back in September, when he netted against Leicester City, but Mourinho is fully behind the 19-year-old.

He told reporters: "Marcus Rashford hasn't scored a goal since September.

"The only thing he deserves is support. Nothing else. Support. No criticism. Support.

"He works, he works, he works. He tries, he tries. He plays through the middle, he goes to the left, he goes to the right.

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"He tries, he tries, he tries. It's easy to see, the kid is desperate. But the kid is phenomenal - amazing professional, amazing professional.

"So no problem. I told him just now: 'No problem, keep going.'"

Mourinho has hit the headlines this week for his criticism of his own players, with Luke Shaw having been singled out after the Portuguese suggested the 21-year-old needs to change his football brain.