Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Should Jose Mourinho have more faith in Marcus Rashford?

Mourinho, clearly angered by De Boer's comments, fired back at the ex-Netherlands star by branding him the Premier League's worst manager of all-time.

"'I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League - Frank De Boer", said Mourinho as he defended his record of giving Rashford 93 appearances in less than two seasons.

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However, De Boer's brief stint in England - where he guided Palace to four straight top-flight defeats, and no goals, before being sacked after 77 days - gave Mourinho plenty of ammunition to reply. "I think we're not one of the best teams in the competition but when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen", he said. Not many were expecting him to start against Liverpool and he had a good match not just about scoring goals.

De Boer, who has also managed Ajax and Inter Milan, suggested on Saturday that Rashford should play more often. "He's a player, he's very young, he needs games, but he's so talented". Whether it's when he rushes forward, tracks deep into his own half or stands up to players nearly double his age to defend his teammates, there is something rather curious about Marcus Rashford that makes him just like Cristiano Ronaldo.

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'If he was coached by Frank he would be coached how to lose because he lost every game. "Right now I'm probably not learning the most on the pitch [in matches]", Marcus says. There are only 11 players that start - it's just one of the those things. I'm really happy with Marcus'. "I'm more comfortable in the middle, but if you get past a player on the left that's where you are going to be". Of course not. He's a player we trust. "As if any of that rhetoric will have any bearing on the harsh reality facing Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard for that matter", Crooks wrote in his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport. "It's kind of been sorted out but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet", he said.

Rashford is in line to start the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday night after that performance against Liverpool.

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The La Liga club held Liverpool 2-2 at Anfield in the groups before coming from behind to draw 3-3 at home, and are more than capable of getting the away goal that could prove fatal to United's progress.

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