13/03/2018 11:11, Report by Mark Froggatt
I thought of several ways to start this article. A descriptive intro, stuffed with observations, or perhaps an attention-grabbing quote from a high-profile source, but then I realised the only way was to get straight to the point with a myth-busting statistic, so here goes…
No United player has made more appearances under Jose Mourinho than Marcus Rashford.
The 20-year-old has played in 94 matches since the manager began his reign in August 2016, as both as a starter and substitute, which is 12 more than the second-highest appearance maker David De Gea, and 13 more than third-placed Anthony Martial.
It is a remarkable statistic that I was compelled to research after Mourinho addressed Rashford’s development in Monday’s pre-match press conference for the UEFA Champions League tie against Sevilla, telling reporters he believed Marcus was in the top five appearance makers of his tenure.
My ears pricked up at that line because I was convinced the boss had sold himself short. So, like the sad man that I am, I proceeded to spend 30 minutes of my Monday evening tallying up appearances and, lo and behold, Jose was too modest. Marcus is no.1 and holds a clear lead over his team-mates.
The statistic may not be that surprising to match-going United fans who know that Rashford features in almost every game, across all competitions, but to the wider public it…