Ronald de Boer responds to Mourinho's savage put down of his twin

"Rashford is without doubt one of the biggest talents in the Premier League and he could play a big part in Russian Federation this summer".

After all the discussion of whether Rashford is fading away under Mourinho at Man United, the Special One threw him a start against Liverpool and he kindly paid him back with a brilliant brace to win the staunch rivalry.

He was Mourinho's most used player in 2017, with 61 appearances for United in all competitions.

He opened the season as Crystal Palace boss, but was out after just four games, as his side failed to score or earn a point in any of them.

"I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer, saying it was not good for Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win", Mourinho said.

Rashford's 93 games is 12 more than his nearest rival David De Gea who has played 81 time and Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial who have both played 80 times.

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).

"If he was coached by Frank he would lose because he lost every game".

Boom! De Boer should have known to "not bring a knife to a gun fight;" proverbially.

"We try to give the best to the kid's education".

"Mourinho is not like that, he wants to get results". I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that was responsible for his formation, to Mr [Louis] Van Gaal [Mourinho's predecessor] who was responsible for his first season. I said that before the Liverpool match when many of you were maybe not expecting him to start. Rashford is Manchester-born, supports United and Reds fans see him as one of their own, another continuation of the club's proud tradition of giving young players a chance.

You could see he wasn't right - everything which was easy for him previously became a difficulty and Rashford's natural game had vanished as a effect of not having a rest.

Manchester United's Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Sevilla will be live on BT Sport 2 - 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday night.

Vanessa Coleman