Since the start of last season, Manchester United have been awarded more penalties than any other club in the Premier League, much to the displeasure of many including Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool manager recently lamented his side’s inability to win more penalties as compared to Manchester United who have won 20 penalties since the start of last season.
And while the debate continues as to what is giving Manchester United the advantage, Marcus Rashford has shed light on how Jose Mourinho helped his side to develop a penalty-winning mentality, asking them to be more savvy.
“As a forward line, we want to go and score goals, when you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming, you don’t want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal,” Rashford told the FWA.
“There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so, for me, it is just a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen. There have been times when we have probably not got penalties.
“I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me: ‘If you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to get given it.’
“After that, we started to get a few penalties. It was something in terms of development you have to learn that and understand it.”
Rashford: ‘We are ready than we were two years ago’
The penalty debate may undermine the progress that Manchester United have made in the past two seasons, but Marcus Rashford has stressed that his side are more ready than they were last season to fight for trophies.
“I believe that we have one of the most versatile squads in the Premier League, especially going forward. It is exciting, but it is the beginning of something, we want to keep progressing and keep improving,” Rashford, who was receiving the Football Writers’ Association award for outstanding contribution, explained.
“We have to show we are ready to fight for what we want and what we all want is success. We are more ready now than we were two years ago in terms of leaders on the pitch and ready to fight for trophies. But still we need to get our hands on those trophies.”
Manchester United travel to Anfield on Sunday as they seek to maintain their top spot and enhance the possibility of winning a Premier League trophy after 7 years.