Surprising Stat Shows Everyone's Wrong About Jose Mourinho And Marcus Rashford

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"I don't know (if he can play), we don't know yet, but he trained a little bit after you left".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer after the Netherlands global said that it was a "pity" that Marcus Rashford was playing under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Rashford scored two brilliantly-taken goals and has surely put himself in contention to start against Sevilla in the Champions League.

De Boer was appointed Palace manager last summer on a three-year deal but was sacked just four games into the season and replaced by Roy Hodgson. He had seven matches, seven defeats [sic], zero goals.

Mourinho, who will lead United into the home leg of their UCL tie with Sevilla tomorrow, was hitting back a De Boer who said it was "a pity" for Marcus Rashford that Mourinho is his manager. 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.

Maybe with him, he would learn how to lose. I try to give the best to the kid.

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Rashford is set to feature in England's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation and might be granted a more prominent role than expected as Gareth Southgate waits to find out the severity of the ankle injury Harry Kane suffered during Tottenham's 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Monday (AEDT). Does he play every match from the start? No?

It's never a good idea to get into a war for words with Jose Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford's two goals at the weekend were met by delight by Manchester United fans but questions from elsewhere about why he wasn't getting as much football as they hoped but a stat proves that those questions were pretty unfounded. "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 most matches in the two seasons". When a team gets into the last eight, the feeling is you are among the best and anything can happen. "When you're in the last 16 it looks really far but in the last eight you start smelling [the] semi-finals".

The Frenchman was absent during the part of Monday's training session observed by the media, but Mourinho said Pogba joined the workout after that and has not been completely ruled out.

Michael Carrick has confirmed he will 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.