Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

So who is the worst Premier League manager ever, Jose?

So who is the worst Premier League manager ever, Jose?

Jose Mourinho had a off-the-cuff pop at Frank de Boer after the latter criticised the former's handling of Marcus Rashford's professional progression.

He does not have a reputation for promoting youth but, while Saturday marked Rashford's first league start of 2018, Mourinho cited the number of games that 20-year-old forward has played in his two-season reign: 93 and counting.

"If you go to his numbers and how many games he played with me". Normally he's an English player, you want him given time, he can make mistakes.

The Red Devils are next in action on Tuesday March 13 when they play Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

De Boer, who was sacked by Crystal Palace earlier this season after losing his four league games in charge without a goal scored, claimed on Saturday that it was "a pity" that a talented young player like Rashford was managed by Mourinho.

"If he was coached by Frank he would be coached how to lose because he lost every game", he said. "The best thing that can happen to a kid is experiences and Marcus is having these".

"I think that Gareth Southgate doesn't mind that I say a couple of minutes of our conversation were about Marcus", Mourinho said. Of course, with Marcus, I have to be honest and give the credit to the people in the academy who were responsible for his formation; I have to leave credit to Louis van Gaal, who was responsible for his first season in the first team.

Mourinho believes United will have a chance of winning the trophy if they progress.

"When you are in the last-16 it looks really, really far but when you are in the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals, the feeling is that you are amongst the best". His resources may be greater, with Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba training on Monday. "There's a time when your body tells you to stop playing football", said the 36-year-old, a veteran of 739 games for club and country.

Midfielder Michael Carrick, meanwhile, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. "It's kind of been sorted out but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet", he said.

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