Marcus Rashford insists Jose Mourinho doesn't need to explain prolonged absence

Frank Lampard's penalty helped Chelsea to see off Benfica at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool entered Saturday's match against Manchester United as the Premier League's in-form side, having outperformed Manchester City in 2018 and looking likely to finish next best to them in the final table.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has slammed former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer for his comments regarding the Portuguese's handling of England global Marcus Rashford.

De Boer said it was a "pity" the 20-year-old, who scored both goals in United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday, played under the Portuguese.

De Boer won four straight Dutch league titles as Ajax boss between 2011-2014.

The Red Devils are back in action on Tuesday night, when they face LaLiga outfit Sevilla for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, which is finely poised at 0-0.

"I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank De Boer - seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals".

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

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De Boer is not the only pundit to question Mourinho's conservative approach when it comes to Rashford who is vying for a starting place alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez. "I would say he was in the top five with more matches for two seasons", Mourinho said.

'Marcus is having these experiences. "Right now, I'm probably not learning the most on the pitch", said the former academy graduate, who hopes to play a key role for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Jürgen Klopp's side responded in the second period, pulling one back by forcing Eric Bailly to put through his own net just past the hour mark. There are only 11 players that can start - it's just one of the those things.

"Probably you are not expecting my answer - I'm happy with the decision", Mourinho told United Kingdom newspapers.

"Of course not. He's a player we trust". I am really pleased with everything.

United stifled Liverpool's exhilarating attack early on at Old Trafford and raced into a two-goal lead with 24 minutes on the clock after a double from Rashford.

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