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Jose Mourinho has been privately raving over Marcus Rashford

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Jose Mourinho has been privately raving about Manchester United's young striker Marcus Rashford. 

This has been reported by ESPN, who claim that sources say the Portuguese tactician, who could become the next manager of the Red Devils, would hand the 18-year-old a key role in the team. 

Since making his debut for the club in February, Rashford has gone from strength-to-strength at Old Trafford. 


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The England Under-20 striker has netted seven goals in 12 appearances for the first team and looks set to have a huge future for both club and country.

Rahsford's latest strike came this past weekend as he netted the only goal of the game as the Red Devils beat Aston Villa by one goal to nil. 

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But, with the future of manager Louis van Gaal uncertain, Rashford may well be concerned as to whether he will be handed a prominent role in the 2016/17 campaign. 

Jose incoming 

Mourinho's name just won't go away and there's every chance that the former Chelsea boss, who has been out of work since December, will finally get his hands on the top job at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. 

United fans, though, could be worried that Mourinho will have a negative effect on United's youngsters. The revered coach doesn't exactly have the best record when promoting youth and has often been criticised for his handling of younger players. 

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Perhaps, then, he will have to change his ways in Manchester. The likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Anthony Martial and Rashford have all excelled this term, while the club's Under-21 side secured the Premier League title on Tuesday night. There's so much young talent at the club right now and there's no way that the United hierarchy will allow Mourinho to spoil the players' rapid rise. 

But, if ESPN sources are to be believed, Rashford is one youngster who has nothing to worry about. The striker's immediate focus, of course, will be on tonight's Premier League clash as the Red Devils play host to Crystal Palace. 

Rashford rest 

Ahead of the contest, Van Gaal has revealed that he has handed his exciting forward some time off. 

As per Sky Sports, the Dutchman stated: "I have changed him after 70 minutes [against Villa]," Van Gaal said at his pre-match news conference, "and that is also to give him a little bit of rest.

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"He didn't train the day after and also the day after that he didn't train. I want to keep him fresh because he is in the momentum of scoring and that is very important for him but also for the team."

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