Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Jose Mourinho hits back at Frank De Boer over Marcus Rashford comments

The Red Devils are next in action on Tuesday March 13 when they play Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has labelled Frank de Boer the "worst manager in the history of the Premier League", after the Dutchman criticised his handling of Marcus Rashford.

"If Marcus would be coached by Frank, he would learn how to lose".

De Boer made his comments following Rashford's two-goal performance that saw United to a crucial 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Rashford has had to make do with limited first-team opportunities under Mourinho this season, particularly following Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in January, but the England worldwide returned to the starting line-up on Saturday afternoon to score both goals in a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

"It's a pity that the manager is Mourinho because normally he's an English player, you want to give him time and he can then make mistakes", De Boer told BT Sport.

De Boer, who lost his job after five games and 77 days in charge of Crystal Palace, suggested that the pressure on Mourinho to get results is hampering Rashford's progress.

However, those numbers just aren't cutting the mustard with De Boer, who said it was a "pity" that Rashford is playing under Mourinho due to the restrictions the United boss puts on his players. Marcus I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that were responsible for his formation and to Van Gaal for his first season in the first team.

Slightly critical of Mourinho, and you feel De Boer's criticism would be better aimed at the high pressure setting of a top four club as the reason for Rashford's stunted development.

The Portuguese added: "I try to give the best to the kids, education". I'm really happy too. He's a player we trust.

"They scored goals in Liverpool, drew the match in Liverpool". We have eight matches still to play and 24 points to play for (in the Premier League).

"I think that Gareth Southgate doesn't mind that I say a couple of minutes of our conversation were about Marcus", Mourinho said.

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