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Jose Mourinho not looking to sign a new striker

Sports News 2nd January 2017

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Jose Mourinho insists he is not looking to sign a new striker for Manchester United in January as he gives full backing to Marcus Rashford

Manchester United will not be in the market for a striker during the January transfer window.

Jose Mourinho has ruled out any arrivals in the forward department this month, saying he is happy with his lot and paying particular tribute to Marcus Rashford.

The England international has been used mostly as a substitute by Mourinho during his Old Trafford tenure, making a total of 26 appearances this season.

Although the teenager has not scored since September 24, he is obviously still of value to Mourinho, who said: ‘The biggest trust I give him is when I told you that I don’t want another striker. I don’t want one. Why? Because I have Rashford.

‘He’s always there. He’s always selected, he’s on the team, he’s on the bench when he doesn’t start. He comes on and he has different kinds of experiences.

‘What happened to him last season was really fast and was a consequence of a situation that we are not having this season.

‘He’s fine. He’s going in the right direction. He’s a good kid, a good professional with the right mentality.

‘He’s always ready to learn and improve. This kid is going in the right direction.’

Mourinho praised Rashford’s versatility, having used him in a variety of roles this term.

‘He knows he’s learning every day and understands that. By being with the team, being in training with the team and even being on the bench and playing sometimes when we play counter-attacking football,’ he said.

‘I’ve no problem with him at all. He’s a proper professional.

‘I pick him because he can play in so many positions. I like to rotate attacking players.’

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