Lingard: Rashford is fantastic

And after important goals against Chelsea and Anderlecht last month, Lingard insists Rashford is proving he can shoulder the responsibility. "He's been about long enough now to handle the pressure".

"Last year we scored three goals away against Atletico Madrid to go through (in the Copa del Rey) and their defence is very strong, and this year we won 2-1 at the Bernabeu and they are nearly in the Champions League final". He's still going. He's going to fill out even more. "His knowledge of the game and his game intelligence will continue to grow and he'll keep learning and go from there".

Rashford was criticised following the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday after being accused of diving to win a penalty in the first half.

The 20-year-old had a very impressive loan spell with Portuguese side Belenenses, Pereira returned from his loan spell back in January and was rewarded for his efforts with his first senior appearance in theFA Cup victory over Wigan Atheltic.

"He's going to learn that people are always going to have an opinion".

"You've just got to focus on the next game and he's bounced back with that goal".

But Mourinho claimed there was no need to bury the hatchet with Wenger and that the under-fire Arsenal boss should be happy he will make changes with the Gunners themselves still harbouring ambitions of a top four finish.

There was a scare for United late on when Rashford appeared to limp off and Anthony Martial replaced him, but Mourinho did not seem overly anxious.

"The percentage chance of us making the final is the same as it was before the first game".

He said: "We are playing a lot of games and we are playing to get to a European final and for us that is fundamental".

In similar vein to the former England captain and Old Trafford set-piece specialist, Rashford strode forward to curl the ball into the net from 29 yards.

On this week's episode of the Mixer Irish Football podcast, we catch up with Cillian Sheridan, review all the latest fixtures and look ahead to this week's League of Ireland matches.

  • Julie Sanders