Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained the reason behind handing Marcus Rashford the number 10 shirt for the upcoming campaign. The England international recently returned from an extended break following the World Cup and he has since been rewarded with the number 10 shirt, which has previously been worn by the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking to reporters, Mourinho highlighted that Rashford had always wanted to wear the number 10 jersey but he had to wait for the opportunity with Rooney and Ibrahimovic previously ahead of him in the pecking order, he said: “He (Rashford) always wanted it (the number ten shirt). And then Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) wanted to have it. Of course, he (Rashford) was in the shadows waiting for the opportunity. The shirt is empty (vacant). It’s something fantastic for the kid, let’s give the shirt to him.”