Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, has expressed his frustration at not playing more under Jose Mourinho, but insists he is not angry.
The 18-year-old has only started one Premier League game this season, but has impressed every time he has been given playing time.
Rashford was on target again, as United beat Northampton 3-1 on Wednesday in the EFL Cup, to end a three-game losing streak.
“It is frustrating, but I’m not angry that I’m not playing because I understand it’s difficult. We have a lot of big players and a lot of players in my situation as well who are not getting the minutes they probably thought they deserved to get,” he told Sky Sports.
“But all of this is good for the squad because everyone is competing in training and it’s improving us as players and as a squad. What the manager has done with the team and the players is a good thing.”
Rashford also revealed that Mourinho has been moving around in training and giving him freedom to roam, when he is introduced into matches.
“As a team, we have a good squad and we can compete for the titles this season. On a personal level, scoring a lot of goals is the main objective,” Rashford said.
“There’s some games where your touch might be off, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t score goals and win the game for your team.
“I want to become the ultimate centre forward. I want to be able to play on the left, on the right and down the middle. To do that I need to improve my game down the sides because my positioning in those areas, where I haven’t played since I was 12 or 13, is a bit off. The manager has been doing some work with me off the left and right, so I think he’s trying to improve me in those areas.
“I’m just trying to play with freedom like I did last year, and the manager supports me with that. Like he did in the Hull [City] game, the manager just tells me to go and help the team win the game. I was here, there and everywhere during that game trying to find gaps and help the team win the game.”
Manchester United welcome Premier League champions Leicester City to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.