England manager Gareth Southgate reckons a certain Manchester United star is developing faster than Cristiano Ronaldo did when he was growing up.
"I don't see Marcus Rashford ever displacing Romelu Lukaku so long as he is there, but Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away from there and go to Everton. He's not [Everton forward] Dominic Calvert-Lewin", said the 55-year-old.
"He is Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions".
Trying to dampen his frustration at not being a regular starter for his club was partly why Southgate played him in both of England's recent fixtures.
Another explained: "Love the fact Mourinho has pointed out how much Rashford has played under Mourinho, media and pundits with their agenda yet Solanke and Loftus-Cheek don't get a sniff in the first team".
Mourinho also confirmed left-back Luke Shaw could return to action at Vicarage Road just a week after suffering a concussion in England's Nations League loss to Spain.
During Friday's news conference, Mourinho joked he would be "criticised for not playing Rashford tomorrow" against Watford, despite the striker being suspended for three games after being sent off in the Reds' win over Burnley.
BBC Sport's Simon Stone has analysed Rashford's playing time under Mourinho, including his four appearances this season, which the manager omitted from his total (5,744).
The France worldwide has been repeatedly linked with the Old Trafford exit after falling out of favour under Mourinho due to his inconsistent displays. He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take minutes played, he played 3,068 minutes and, if you want to divide that into 90 minutes of matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 2016/17.
"Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea", said Loftus-Cheek.
But the Red Devils should be up for this one - after all the negative press they have received in the last few weeks - consecutive wins in the league for Mourinho, is the best response he could have to silence the naysayers.
Jose Mourinho refuses to deploy Rashford in his preferred central striking role at Old Trafford, and time away from United's Carrington training ground and up top for the national team has clearly been greatly beneficial for Rashford.