Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Man Utd boss Mourinho blasts de Boer over Rashford remarks

Man Utd boss Mourinho blasts de Boer over Rashford remarks

Mourinho, who will lead United into the home leg of their UCL tie with Sevilla tomorrow, was hitting back a De Boer who said it was "a pity" for Marcus Rashford that Mourinho is his manager.

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.

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.

"I read some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer - seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals", said Mourinho. "If he was coached by Frank, he would learn how to lose".

The perception of United as a pragmatic team set up to get results continues to grate with Mourinho as he faces Sevilla following a goalless draw in Spain three weeks ago.

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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.

Rashford's minutes have been limited since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January, but Mourinho insisted he was finding a balance between burning Rashford out and giving him enough experience. "But he's so talented and you want to see him play every week". I would say he was in the top five with more matches for two season and applies to Scott [McTominay] the best thing to happen is to have experience.

"It is a special game because it would be a very important step for the club". He starts some and comes from the bench in others. I'm really happy too. Of course not. He's a player we trust.

'I am really pleased with everything. We have eight matches still to play and 24 points to play for (in the Premier League).

On a yellow card, Marcus was substituted midway through the second half and, when asked about that decision to make the change, Jose told reporters: "I heard Gary Neville was asking [on Sky Sports] for Marcus Rashford to get a red card and I was scared maybe the referee was watching it at half-time!"

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