Jose Mourinho has dubbed Frank de Boer ‘the worst manager in the history of the Premier League’ after the former Crystal Palace coach criticised the Manchester United manager’s handling of Marcus Rashford.
De Boer said on Saturday night it is a ‘pity’ Mourinho manages Rashford, who scored twice on his first start since Boxing Day against Liverpool at the weekend. The 20-year-old has played more matches this season than he had at the same stage last term but his supposed lack of playing time has become a topical issue.
Louis van Gaal, who gave Rashford his debut two years ago, managed De Boer at Ajax, Barcelona and in the Netherlands national team. Mourinho refused to criticise any possible influence Van Gaal may have had on De Boer’s punditry appearance as he derided the Dutchman’s record.
“I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer,” Mourinho said. “Seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals.
“Where he was saying it was not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win, if he was coached by Frank he would learn how to lose because he lost every game.
“I try to give the best to the kid, I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that was responsible for his formation, to Mr Van Gaal who was responsible for his first season.
“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 and applies the same with Scott, the best thing that can happen to a kid is experiences and Marcus is having these.”
De Boer was sacked after five games in September and Palace are still languishing in the relegation zone under Roy Hodgson. The former Ajax and Internazionale manager was appearing on BT Sport for their coverage of Palace’s weekend defeat at Chelsea when he questioned Mourinho’s management of Rashford.
De Boer said: “It’s a pity that the manager is Mourinho because normally he’s an English player you want to give him time and he can then make mistakes. But Mourinho is not like that. He wants to get results.
“If he has one or two not good games, he puts him out. He’s a player, he’s very young, he needs games, but he’s so talented. You want to see this player every week.”
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