Mourinho shrugs off criticism from 'worst manager' De Boer

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has dished out a damning verdict of former Crystal Palace Manager Frank De Boer describing him as the worst manager in history of the English premier league.

Jose Mourinho had a off-the-cuff pop at Frank de Boer after the latter criticised the former's handling of Marcus Rashford's professional progression.

He incurred the United manager's wrath by telling BT Sport that it's "a pity" Marcus Rashford plays under Mourinho after the England worldwide marked his first league start of the year with both goals against Liverpool.

He does not have a reputation for promoting youth but, while Saturday marked Rashford's first league start of 2018, Mourinho cited the number of games that 20-year-old forward has played in his two-season reign: 93 and counting. "He's very young. He needs games, he's so talented - you want to see this player every week".

Rashford is set to keep his place in the starting line-up after his weekend double for tomorrow's Champions League last 16 second leg against Seville.

De Boer started this season in charge of Palace but lasted just four Premier League games as the Eagles were bottom of the table, winless and goalless.

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

Mourinho went on to credit United's academy staff and his predecessor Louis van Gaal for their role in Rashford's development and insisted the player remains in safe hands under his own leadership.

"Mourinho is not like that, he wants to get results".

Mourinho declared: "I try to give the best to the kid".

The Dutchman's remarks prompted a savage response from Mourinho.

The La Liga club held Liverpool 2-2 at Anfield in the groups before coming from behind to draw 3-3 at home, and are more than capable of getting the away goal that could prove fatal to United's progress. "In the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals".

The Portuguese did not actually address that question ahead of the return leg against Sevilla, nor did he give a straight answer on Paul Pogba's availability on Tuesday.

Midfielder Michael Carrick, meanwhile, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. "I'm clear now but there were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing", Carrick added.

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