Mourinho hits back at De Boer over Rashford comments

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

This season, the England worldwide has now scored six times in the league, but he has mostly been used as a substitute.

De Boer was in charge of five competitive matches as Palace boss earlier this season, losing his four in the Premier League but beating Ipswich in the EFL Cup before his dismissal on September 11.

Working as pundit for BT Sport, De Boer said: "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".

"If you go to his numbers and how many matches he played with me last season and this season, maybe I am wrong, but I would say he is probably in the top five players with the most matches over two seasons". Does he play every match from the start? No.

Jose Mourinho can only hope that Manchester United are as ruthless against Sevilla on Tuesday as he was in dealing with another of his critics before the Champions League last-16 clash at Old Trafford.

Rashford has similarly been deployed from the bench in Europe, but has three goals in the competition so far and will hope he has done enough to earn a starting place for that game.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has absolutely blasted Frank de Boer after the Dutch coach criticised Mourinho's handling of striker Marcus Rashford.

De Boer suggested Mourinho was not the right manager to nurture Rashford's talents, with Mourinho quick to pour scorn on the views of a coach who has failed in his last two jobs at Inter Milan and Palace.

"He started and had a good match and I'm not just talking about goals".

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

"I try to give the best to the kid's education". Of course not. He's a player we trust.

"Frank respects Jose a lot and was simply pointing out that, if Rashford was playing for Ajax and had one or two bad games, he would still start the third game".

The tie is delicately poised following a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in Spain last month, and Mourinho is wary of the threat posed by the Spaniards, who drew twice with Liverpool in the group stages. Mourinho said he did not know whether the midfielder would be available, but Pogba had trained after the open part of Monday's session closed.

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