Jose Mourinho Rips 'Worst Manager' Frank de Boer for Marcus Rashford Comments

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer after the Netherlands worldwide said that it was a "pity" that Marcus Rashford was playing under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford insists that he doesn't expect Jose Mourinho to explain his prolonged absence from the squad.

The former Crystal Palace manager told BT Sport that it is "a pity" Rashford plays under Mourinho after the England worldwide marked his first league start of the year with both goals against Liverpool.

In fact listing those goals alone account for around 20% of his goals in a Manchester United shirt, Rashford then is a man for the big game.

"Tomorrow is a very hard match, playing against a team that didn't lose against Liverpool home or away [in the group stage], that drew in Liverpool and I say Liverpool because they are an example of a very good team in a big stadium with a big tradition".

You could see he wasn't right - everything which was easy for him previously became a difficulty and Rashford's natural game had vanished as a outcome of not having a rest.

An unimpressed Mourinho hit back, describing de Boer, who had a short-lived and unsuccessful stint at Crystal Palace this season, as "the worst manager in the history of the Premier League". "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 [Rashford]", Mourinho said.

"I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that was responsible for his formation, to [former United boss] Louis van Gaal, who was responsible for his first season".

The Dutchman lasted just 77 days after losing four consecutive league games without scoring a goal before being replaced by Roy Hodgson in September.

Saturday's clash with bitter rivals Liverpool was his first Premier League start since Boxing Day - and just his third in all competitions in 2018 - but there was little evidence of rust as Rashford netted a match-winning brace in a man-of-the-match display.

"When you are in the last-16 it looks really, really far but when you are in the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals, the feeling is that you are amongst the best".

Paul Pogba remains a doubt with a leg injury picked up in training last week.

Michael Carrick has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season. "That's pretty much where I'm at".

Carrick is set to join United's coaching staff in the summer.

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