Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised the young duo of Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw for their special mentality.
The Red Devils had to go to extra time to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie, winning 3-2 on aggregate to move to the semi-finals.
Both Shaw and Rashford played the entire 120 minutes in the second leg, with the striker getting the all-important goal to take his team through.
Mourinho: "Shaw did something new for me tht means a lot. He said, I'll play 30mins wth cramps. These sort of things make me trust players."— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) April 21, 2017
Speaking to reporters after the match, as per Fourfourtwo, Mourinho said, "I always trust the players with special mentality. Always trust them. Luke Shaw did something new today, it means a lot for me."
He continued, "After 90 minutes, before I know that I have to change Zlatan, he had cramp, I had Ashley Young ready to come on, and he told me I'm going to play for 30 minutes with cramps, no problem."
The Portuguese tactician added, "He said if you need to make a change in another position I am ready for it. These kind of things make me trust the players. There are technical aspects, but the mentality is the reason why I kept Marcus on the team all the time, because of that."
Mourinho: "Some players don't understand what it takes for me to trust a player. Rashford, I trust. Whether he scores or doesn't score."— Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) April 20, 2017
He singled out Marcus Rashford for more praise, as per ESPNFC, saying, "Some players don't know what makes me trust a player, but Marcus I trust. In spite of being a young kid, other guys can look at him. We have great examples of fighters, of people with the right mentality.''
Manchester United lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo to bad-looking injuries and will need the rest of the squad to step up as they look to do everything possible to get into the Champions League.
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