Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has responded to Frank de Boer’s comments on Marcus Rashford – and it’s fair to say they struck a nerve.
Rashford fired two goals as United secured a 2-1 win over Liverpool to cement their hold on second place in the Premier League, prompting ex-Crystal Palace boss De Boer to question why he doesn’t feature more regularly at Old Trafford.
“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. But Mourinho is not like that. He wants to get results,” De Boer said on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight on Saturday.
However, De Boer’s brief stint in England – where he guided Palace to four straight top-flight defeats, and no goals, before being sacked after 77 days – gave Mourinho plenty of ammunition to reply.
“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,” Mourinho said in his press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League last 16 second leg with Sevilla.
“If he was coached by Frank he would be coached how to lose because he lost every game. I try to give the best to the kids, education. 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.
“But if you go to his numbers and how many games he played with me. 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. And Marcus is having these experiences.”
De Boer did actually register a victory during his time at Selhurst Park, albeit in the Carabao Cup against Ipswich Town.
Palace are languishing in the relegation zone after their appalling start, although current manager Roy Hodgson had briefly helped them climb out of the bottom three.