De Boer 'respects United's Mourinho a lot'

WATCH: Paul Pogba invites Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard round to play on his indoor pitch

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.

If it would give him a claim to be the greatest, he nevertheless turned his attentions to a peer he branded the worst.

"I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer, saying it was not good for Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win", Mourinho said.

Heading into a meeting with arch-rivals Liverpool on Saturday, Rashford had not started a Premier League fixture since Boxing Day.

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.

With Manchester United having a crucial Champions League game on Tuesday against Sevilla, in which only a win will see Mourinho's side through to the quarter finals, Rashford will surely have helped his chances of starting that game after his masterclass on Saturday.

"Sevilla is a really good team and the result of the first leg is a result that leaves everything open".

"We are not one of the best teams in the competition but when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen", added Mourinho. The last 16 still feels a bit far away.

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

"Sanchez has lived with pressure", he said.

Academy graduate Jesse Lingard has also had his best season in a United shirt under Mourinho's tutelage. On a personal level I would be knocked out but a failure?

"He will be fresh and raring to go for the World Cup". There were some times there, two or three days, when I wondered whether I would carry on playing or not; is it worth it or not?

His career did resume but it is nearing the finishing line. Rashford himself has come out recently and said that he has had to develop in training as opposed to on the pitch and if his performance on the weekend is any indication of his development then the 20-year-old is doing just fine.

Midfielder Michael Carrick, meanwhile, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

The Dutchman's comments certainly struck the wrong strings with Mourinho.

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