De Boer hits back at Jose Mourinho; aims dig at ‘disruptive’ style

Oli Fisher

Frank de Boer has responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments in which he labelled the Dutchman the ‘worst manager in Premier League history’.

De Boer boss has been highly critical over Mourinho’s management of Rashford and the Portuguese boss let him know how he felt during the pre-match press conference.

Mourinho hit back, stating: “I read a quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank De Boer – seven matches, seven losses, zero goals – that Marcus would not learn under me.

“If he was coached by Frank he would be coached how to lose because he lost every game. I try to give the best to the kids, education. Marcus I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that were responsible for his formation and to Van Gaal for his first season in the first team.”

Now, De Boer has responded to Mourinho’s comments, aiming a thinly veiled dig about his defensive style.

“I respect him as a manager. He’s won plenty, is tactically very strong and knows how to disrupt his opponent’s game. That’s something I can learn from,” De Boer told Dutch daily AD.

“It has brought some attention, my performance at BT Sport.

“I meant nothing personal about it, when I said something about how Mourinho plays and about the role that Marcus Rashford has under him at United.

“That way of playing, that is a different view than we are used to in the Netherlands. It was also about England and the World Cup. If United buys Alexis Sanchez in the winter break, and then he plays him eight times out of 10 in Rashford’s position, England can suffer at the World Cup.

“Rashford is the greatest English talent in his age group.”


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