Marcus Rashford's position at Man United is one that has been under question as of late. Despite featuring forty times for United this season, Rashford has struggled for starts with Saturday's derby against Liverpool being the striker's first of 2018.
The 20-year-old staked his claim for a spot in the team with a clinical brace against their neighbours rivals, but in the run up to the game Frank De Boer argued that Rashford's development was being halted at his current club.
Speaking on Rashford's lack of game time, erstwhile Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer bemoaned the fact the Englishman is under Jose Mourinho, believing the Portugese's results based game was to the detriment of Rashford:
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.
Slightly critical of Mourinho, and you feel De Boer's criticism would be better aimed at the high pressure setting of a top four club as the reason for Rashford's stunted development.
However misjudged the comments from De Boer were Jose Mourinho has today hit back at the Dutchman in vitriolic fashion:
I read some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer - seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals.
He was saying that it is 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.
Mourinho was referencing De Boer's stint with Crystal Palace at the start of the season in which he took charge of seven PL games winning none, losing all and scoring no goals in the process.
It was a devastating jibe, if a little gratuitous from Mourinho. 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.