Mourinho mocks 'worst manager' De Boer over Rashford

Ronald De Boer

Mourinho was in spiky mood ahead of the visit of Sevilla, repeatedly making self-deprecating remarks about his Champions League triumphs as Porto and Inter Milan manager.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer after the Netherlands global said that it was a "pity" that Marcus Rashford was playing under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Rashford scored twice in his first Premier League start of 2018 as United edged out Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday, but Mourinho still substituted the 21-year-old England forward 20 minutes from time as he looked to make the game safe.

The former Crystal Palace boss said that it was a "pity" Mourinho is Rashford's manager, believing he has stunted the Englishman's development since taking over at United.

Unsurprisingly, Mourinho has not taken too kindly to seeing his methods criticised and has hit back at De Boer, telling reporters: "I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer saying it's not good for Rashford to have a coach like me". I would say he was in the top five with more matches for two season and applies to Scott the best thing to happen is to have experience.

But Mourinho has launched a scathing attack on De Boer and branded him a failure following his shambolic spell in charge of Palace.

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Maybe with him, he would learn how to lose.

Mourinho continued to play down expectations by maintaining that his team are not among the Champions League favourites, and disputed that going out tonight would be a disaster.

"We try to give the best to the kid's education. 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". "Marcus is very young and needs games, but he is so talented and you want to see him playing every week".

"Does he play every match from the start?" 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.

Paul Pogba has an outside chance of being involved after he missed the Liverpool game with a gashed leg.

"(Pogba) did (train) after you left", Mourinho said.

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