De Boer respects Mourinho a lot - brother

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

YOU can lambaste Jose Mourinho for his - at times - pragmatic approach to football or if you disagree with how he deals with the press but one thing you cannot question is his approach to Marcus Rashford.

De Boer, who was sacked as Palace manager last September after failing to muster a goal or a point over the course of four games in charge, said it was a "pity" the 20-year-old had Mourinho as a manager, as the Portuguese would deny him the game time he required.

Rashford scored two brilliantly-taken goals and has surely put himself in contention to start against Sevilla in the Champions League.

Yet, some labelled him as a fringe player simply because Alexis Sanchez's arrival gave Mourinho the opportunity to rest a 20-year-old who had played nearly every game for United. "You want to see this player every week".

"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", the Red Devils tactician said. If he was coached by Frank, he would learn to lose because he lost every game.

In a man-of-the-match performance against United's bitter rivals, Rashford scored with both of his shots on goal. I say Liverpool because they are an example of a very good team, a good example of an important stadium with a big tradition.

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Mourinho continued to play down expectations by maintaining that his team are not among the Champions League favourites, and disputed that going out tonight would be a disaster.

"I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that was responsible for his formation, to Louis van Gaal [Mourinho's predecessor] who was responsible for his first season". I said that before the Liverpool match when many of you were maybe not expecting him to start.

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

"The best thing that can happen for a kid is to have experience and Marcus is having these experiences". "I don't think we're among the five candidates to win the competition".

Paul Pogba returns to the squad after a minor injury, but the club's record signing must do with a place among the replacements.

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