Man Utd hold on to inflict first defeat on Watford

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REUTERS Man Utd ace Shaw lies prone on the Wembley turf

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho gave a two-and-a-half-minute response when asked about Marcus Rashford's form for England after scoring two goals in two games in the global break.

"Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week".

There's been plenty of talk about Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford in the last few days, with some debating how good he truly is, how much playing time he's earned, and whether he's rotting away on the Old Trafford bench.

The relationship between manager and his high-profile midfielder has been one of the many testing issues Mourinho has faced this season and dates back to before Pogba scoring in the World Cup final in July.

"But it is not my fault, he's suspended, so probably you should remind them that he is suspended and can not play".

Marcus Rashford's name was on everybody's lips this week but the youngster will not feature as he serves the first his three game suspension after the incident with Phil Bardsley at Turf Moor.

The Daily Star says they are considering loaning Martial out in January after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said he had no reason to believe Pogba wanted to leave United, indicating to him that the France global was keen to stay.

The problem for Rashford, and Southgate, is that he is not getting to play in his best position at United.

"Since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if he was injured or suspended".

Mourinho said the criticism of his use of Rashford was such that he would probably be condemned for not playing him against Watford, even though he is suspended.

"A prodigious talent", former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted after Rashford scored England's goal with a cushioned volley in the 1-0 win over Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.

Lukaku hit a brace as United bounced back to winning ways at Burnley before the global break, but Mourinho's men are six points off the top of the Premier League table following defeats to Tottenham and Brighton and Hove Albion.

"I try to look at as many games as I can from the season before, the mistakes I have done and the points I can improve on", Lukaku added. "Contrary to some news, to some opinions by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play". He will need to get back into the good books of his manager as the board is fully behind him, mainly for financial reasons.

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