Monday 17 December 2018

Jose Mourinho slams 'worst coach in the Premier League' after his handling of Marcus Rashford is questioned

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Marcus Rashford. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Marcus Rashford. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at Frank De Boer, after the former Crystal Palace manager suggested he was not handling Marcus Rashford in the most effective manner.

Rashford took centre stage with two goals as United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, inspiring calls for the 20-year-old striker to start more games in Mourinho's side.

De Boer suggested Mourinho was not the right manager to nurture Rashford's talents, with Mourinho quick to pour scorn on the views of a coach who has failed in his last two jobs at Inter Milan and Palace.

"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," said Mourinho, as he ridiculed the record of a coach who was sacked just four games into this Premier League season by Palace.

"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 the best thing to happen is to have experience. And Marcus is having these experiences. I’m really happy too. He plays for United many matches, he starts some comes from the bench for others.

"I am really pleased with everything. Does he play every match from the start? No? Of course not. He’s a player we trust. Not many were expecting you to start against Liverpool and he had a good match not just about scoring goals. I’m really happy with Marcus."

Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba is a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League game against Sevilla after picking up an injury in training last week, as he suggested his side's victory over Liverpool will count for little unless they back it up with wins in their next two games.

"I think, in modern football, we live day by day," he added. "Week by week, match by match. We have a game on Tuesday and I can imagine, if we lose against Sevilla, everybody will forget what we did in the past couple of weeks.

"That’s modern football. We have to live within that environment and cope with it. Yes, we’ve beaten Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. Only Manchester City, from the top six, we haven’t beaten, at this moment. That means nothing in football now, we have to prove [ourselves] every day.

"Sevilla and Brighton are more important than Liverpool. Liverpool is a big match, a match against a direct competitor for the top four but nothing is decided. We have eight matches still to play and 24 points to play for (in the Premier League). Sevilla is die or live. Brighton is die or live. They are much more important than the Liverpool one."

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla.

The 24-year-old missed Saturday's Premier League win against Liverpool through injury and manager Jose Mourinho is unsure whether the midfielder will be available on Tuesday.

Anthony Martial is back and Zlatan Ibrahimovic trained with his United team-mates ahead of the match, but Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Bailly, Matic, Carrick, Pogba, Fellaini, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic.

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