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Jose Mourinho hits back at Frank de Boer over Marcus Rashford

14 March 2018, 01:55 | Anna Jefferson

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with Marcus Rashford during Liverpool clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with Marcus Rashford during Liverpool clash

Asked about Rashford ahead of United's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday night, Mourinho said: 'I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League - Frank De Boer.

The Manchester United boss was reacting to former Rangers star De Boer saying that Mourinho was not the best boss to be managing Marcus Rashford who was the hero in Saturday's win against Liverpool.

The United boss hit back by describing Frank as the "worst manager in Premier League history" following his failed spell with Crystal Palace at the start of the season, but Ronald has attempted to play down the spat before it gets too personal.

Frank de Boer is now keen to let the matter die down.

And a crucial aspect of Rashford's immediate impact came from the fact Mourinho took him out of the spotlight for some time.

His club and global teammate Lingard, who has scored 13 goals in 37 games this term, admits he has been winding Rashford up during his spell out of the side in order to keep his spirits high.

Maybe with him, he would learn how to lose.

"We try to give the best to the kid's education". I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that were responsible for his formation, and to Mr [Louis] Van Gaal who was responsible for his first season.

Rashford has scored six goals in 27 Premier League appearances this season - that's more than the five he managed in last year's campaign, playing 32 games in total.

We're starting to play more like a team and Rashford stepping up in Anthony Martial's absence is testament to that.

"I think that Gareth Southgate doesn't mind that I say a couple of minutes of our conversation were about Marcus", said Mourinho.

After a goalless draw in the first leg, United need a win to advance and Mourinho will hope his side can continue the momentum of recent matches in which they have beaten Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool. Not many were expecting him to start against Liverpool and he had a good match not just about scoring goals.

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