Rashford was naive – Mourinho admits after star is red carded in win at Burnley

By Mirror: Sunday, September 2nd 2018 at 21:22 GMT +3 | Premier League
Marcus Rashford tries to fight off Phil Bardsley [Courtesy]

Jose Mourinho has admitted Marcus Rashford was 'naive' following his red card for a headbutt on Burnley's Phil Bardsley.

The two players came face-to-face and Bardsley stepped away leading to the referee giving the striker his marching orders.

United went on to win the game 2-0 in spite of his dismissal - and Paul Pogba's penalty miss as Joe Hart saved the Frenchman's spot kick.

Romelu Lukaku struck twice in the first half and it was enough to seal all three points for Mourinho's men.

The two players came face-to-face and Bardsley stepped away leading to the referee giving the striker his marching orders [Courtesy]

On Rashford's red card, Mourinho told the BBC: "I don't know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man. Bardsley's been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy."

He refused to blame Pogba for the penalty, despite the former Juventus midfielder coming under fire for his run-up.

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"I never blame a player for missing penalties," Mourinho added. "I blame the ones who refuse to go up there. Paul's scored some good ones for us.

"I think it was a very, very good performance with a result which was short.

"They played very well as a team, and there were very good individual performances and we should score many more goals. The result shouldn't have been open until the last minute.

"There were lots of good performances but Fellaini was fundamental, together with Smalling and Lindelof. Luke Shaw had a good performance and there were many others, too.

"We lost so many chances and Joe Hart made important saves.

"I don't remember such a comfortable performance as we've showed in the last two matches."

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