Jose Mourinho Rips Into Former Crystal Palace Boss Frank De Boer

The United boss had an acerbic response to hand when he addressed a news conference ahead of Wednesday's (AEDT) UEFA Champions League showdown with Sevilla, seemingly holding De Boer responsible for Palace's slump extending to seven winless and scoreless matches as Roy Hodgson picked up the pieces at Selhurst Park.

I read some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer - seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals.

"If he was coached by Frank he would lose because he lost every game".

De Boer managed Palace for four league games - not seven, as Mourinho claimed - though he does hold the record for the lowest points won by any manager in the history of the Premier League. Later that evening, on BT Sport show Premier League Tonight, De Boer said it was a "pity" that Rashford was playing under Mourinho, that the 20-year-old would receive more playing-time under a different manager, as Mourinho's only focus is gaining a result. "But when you draw away even though it's a 0-0 - and that's not an especially good result - but we get to decide the tie at home, we don't have to win three, four, five, we have to win 5-4, 8-7, 2-1, 1-0, not to win the tie be disappointing".

"He can make mistakes but Mourinho is not like that and if he has one or two not good games then he puts him out".

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"We try to give the best to the kid's education".

The former Chelsea manager has not just talked the talked though but has also walked the walked as Marcus Rashford was the only player involved in every match-day squad prior to his injury. "Analysing a performance for me is more than number of goals or assists, and for me I'm really happy with Marcus".

"When you are in the last 16 it looks really, really far, but when a team gets in the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals".

"Tomorrow is a very hard match, we are playing against a team that didn't lose against Liverpool home and away", said Mourinho.

"I think that Gareth Southgate doesn't mind that I say a couple of minutes of our conversation were about Marcus", Mourinho said. "No, of course not but he's a player we trust and I told him that before the Liverpool match", added Mourinho.

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