De Boer is worst manager in history-Mourinho

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

Ronald de Boer has defended brother Frank de Boer in his row with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over Marcus Rashford's playing time.

The former Dutch worldwide had praised Rashford and said it was a "pity" that he plays for Mourinho, who only cares about results, and not a manager who would continue to play him even if he has a bad game or two.

"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.

"Does he play every match from the start?"

The United boss had an acerbic response to hand when he addressed a news conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Sevilla, seemingly holding De Boer responsible for Palace's slump extending to seven winless and scoreless matches as Roy Hodgson picked up the pieces at Selhurst Park.

After Marcus Rashford bagged a brace in United's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, De Boer took aim at Mourinho.

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"But if you go to his numbers and how many matches he played with me last season and this, I would say probably he's in the top five players with more matches in the two seasons".

He's scored against Arsenal, he's scored away at Man City, at home against Liverpool, in the Europa League semi-final, in plenty of other big occasions for United.

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. 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.

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

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.

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