Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Jose Mourinho hits back at Frank de Boer over Marcus Rashford

Jose Mourinho hits back at Frank de Boer over Marcus Rashford

England manager Gareth Southgate has chosen three Manchester United players in his squad for the upcoming worldwide break.

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He has netted six times in 27 Premier League appearances, having already scored 12 in all competitions this season - better than last term's haul of 11.

So, is it justified to say that Mourinho does not provide youth a chance when the stakes are so high that even one of the greatest managers of the modern era, Guardiola, can not offer a chance in his side to several talented City youngsters, while the Portuguese has given ample opportunities to three youth academy products?

As usual, though, a number of fans and pundits fed off of the hype of the game, and idiotically hit out at Mourinho for not playing Rashford more often.

That proof comes in the form of a statistic which shows Rashford has made more Manchester United appearances than any other player since Mourinho took charge at the start of the 2016-17 season. He's very young, he needs games, he's so talented. "When you're in the last 16 it looks really far but in the last eight you start smelling [the] semi-finals".

The Portuguese did not actually address that question ahead of the return leg against Sevilla, nor did he give a straight answer on Paul Pogba's availability on Tuesday.

Michael Carrick has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season. That's pretty much where I'm at. "But you've got to always work hard, and he does".

Carrick is expected to join United's coaching staff in the summer.

Lingard, meanwhile, has shown that he can be an integral part of the United first-team and has bagged goals in crucial games.

Wissam Ben Yedder's quickfire brace in the second-half silenced the Old Trafford crowd and Romelu Lukaku's 84th minute strike was merely a consolation for the Red Devils. I had a few tests after that, and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training. A descriptive intro, stuffed with observations, or perhaps an attention-grabbing quote from a high-profile source, but then I realised the only way was to get straight to the point with a myth-busting statistic, so here goes...

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