Marcus Rashford explains the difference between Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal

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Just like he did under Louis van Gaal, Marcus Rashford is thriving from an extended run in Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side.

Since scoring a dramatic late winner against Hull City in late August, the 18-year-old has struck a further two Premier League goals and one in the EFL Cup.

Such form was perhaps to be expected from a player who burst onto the scene so emphatically last season but it's slowly becoming apparent that Mourinho must keep starting him.


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United fans certainly think so anyway and according to Gary Neville, Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a blossoming strike partnership.

In a recent interview with Spencer FC, Rashford discussed everything from his rise to the fastest player he's played against - it's Hector Bellerin, in case you were wondering.

However, it was on Soccer AM today that the youngster arguably made his most intriguing statement yet after being asked to compare Van Gaal and Mourinho's management styles.

In Rashford's opinion, it's their approaches to training that differs most.

"Van Gaal's sessions are directly related to the games, whereas Mourinho is more about making players complete players," he said.

"They are different and take getting used to, but everyone is relishing it."

So, while Van Gaal's training sessions are focused on short-term goals, Mourinho's are aimed more at developing his players in the long run.


Whether Mourinho's approach works better remains to be seen but it certainly paid dividends against Leicester City last weekend.

United demolished the Premier League champions at Old Trafford, with Rashford scoring one of four first-half goals during a 4-1 win.

Speaking to Sky Sports recently, Rashford explained how Mourinho is helping him improve as an individual at the Theatre of Dreams.

He said: "I want to become the ultimate centre forward. I want to be able to play on the left, on the right and down the middle.

"To do that I need to improve my game down the sides because my positioning in those areas, where I haven't played since I was 12 or 13, is a bit off.

"The manager has been doing some work with me off the left and right so I think he's trying to improve me in those areas."

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