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Rashford must relish becoming a marked man, says Jose Mourinho

Swansea City 0 Manchester United 4

By Phil Blanche

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told Marcus Rashford to embrace becoming a Premier League target.

United romped to a second successive 4-0 win at Swansea with Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scoring.

It is the first time for 110 years that United have scored four goals in their opening two league games. But 19-year-old Rashford largely had a difficult afternoon despite showing flashes of skill.

The England striker was targeted by Swansea supporters from the first minute as they clearly recalled his theatrical penalty-box tumble in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in May.

Rashford was also frustrated as Jonathan Moss ignored several calls for free-kicks when he went to ground, the teenager's dissent earning a strong rebuke from the referee.

"He has to learn how to enjoy it (the attention)," Mourinho said. "If he was a bad player, nobody would try to provoke him. They see the speed, the danger and think they can affect him.

"If he was on the bench and came on for the last 15 or 20 minutes when the space was there, I think he would have done the same as the other guys."

While Rashford is starting at the moment, it is Martial who is getting goals from the bench.

Martial replaced Rashford in the final quarter and, just like against West Ham in the season opener, put the gloss on a commanding performance.

"We are using him (Martial) well and he has the right attitude," Mourinho said of the France forward who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. "We had a conversation about the future he has here and I think he has a good connection on the pitch with Paul and Romelu.

"I think he is growing in confidence and to have two periods of 20 minutes and score two goals is good.

"Of course he wants to play, start for us, be selected for the national team and go to the World Cup.

"I cannot play Premier League, Champions League and cups with 11 players. I need a squad.

"He is working really well and maybe the little French language group we have with Paul, Romelu and Marouane (Fellaini) is helping him.

"He is very well integrated now. They bring him up and his level has improved."

Nemanja Matic, meanwhile, says United are ready to handle pressure situations.

Mourinho admitted after Swansea were swept aside that the challenge will come when United fall behind and "try to change the result".

But Matic is in no doubt that United will pass that test, saying: "There is always pressure.

"You can ask the players from Swansea and they will also feel the pressure because they have a lot of supporters who come to see them in every match.

"At Manchester United it's always special when you play for this club. There is always pressure, but we are ready to cope with that."

Swansea barely mustered a shot in anger as Matic protected the back four and put United on the front foot. Such was Matic's authority that it again appeared illogical why Chelsea sanctioned his £40m move to Old Trafford.

Matic declined to comment when asked if he was surprised Chelsea let him leave, but the Serbia international expressed his delight at being at United.

"I'm happy to be here, I really enjoy it. We are all friends in the changing room and that's important," Matic said. "I'm happy to be part of this. This is just the beginning but I am confident."

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