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Mourinho praises Rashford

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 00:40

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says hard work in training paid off for Marcus Rashford as he got the club one step closer to the Europa League final.

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SHOWS: VIGO, SPAIN (MAY 4, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO, ON GOALSCORER MARCUS RASHFORD, SAYING: "He worked really hard and created them problems. He had a fantastic shot in the first half with that beautiful save, and then the free kick is (a result of) work. He works everyday, he loves to work, sometimes the training session finishes for the group and he keeps doing his individual work with my assistant, so the free-kick is really well taken, I think the goalkeeper has no chance because the ball was really fast." STORY: Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday (May 4), leading to praise from his manager Jose Mourinho. The victory puts United on course for this month's final with Ajax Amsterdam - the most likely opponents after they beat visitors Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 in their first leg on Wednesday (May 3). Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez had denied United several times but was powerless to stop Rashford's 67th minute strike soaring into the net after the striker had won the free-kick. Despite the victory coach Jose Mourinho was frustrated with his side's inability to take their chances and knows there is still a job to do in the return leg at Old Trafford next week. United's victory was slightly soured when 19-year-old Rashford hobbled off 10 minutes from time clutching his knee.

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Mourinho praises Rashford

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 00:40