Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho accused of 'mishandling' Marcus Rashford

Rashford has failed to score in his last 10 games for England and United

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Jose Mourinho has been accused of “mishandling” Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford, by former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino.

Rashford started the season as an impact substitute but his blistering form forced Mourinho to start him ahead of the likes of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney as he scored four goals in six games under the Portuguese.

However, the goals have dried up since, with the 19-year-old failing to find the net in any of his last 10 games for either club or country, despite starting all eight of United’s previous games prior to being rested against Swansea last time out.

And Cascarino blames Mourinho for the “deterioration” of Rashford, from the form he was in at the end of last season, to how his is playing now.

“I don’t like the way he’s handled Marcus Rashford,” he told talkSPORT.

“I just thought - start of the season, you bring Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] in, whatever you do get the kid in alongside him. Just give him a chance to show how good he can be.

“I’ve seen Rashford deteriorate quite a lot this year, and there is no other reason because he has been taken out of the firing line.

“Last year he was absolutely sensational at the end of the season for United and now I am looking at a young lad that has been given a new deal, but been taken out of the firing line, not playing much football now.

“He came on for a sub [for England against Spain], albeit not for a long time but he looked completely out of sorts.”

Rashford will be expected to start against Arsenal on Saturday with Ibrahimovic suspended and Mourinho reportedly unhappy with Wayne Rooney’s early morning celebrations after England’s win over Scotland.

The last time Rashford faced the Gunners he scored twice on his Premier League debut and with the two senior members of the frontline expected to be missing, the onus will be on him to replicate that performance at Old Trafford.

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