Mourinho: ‘Rashford’s a starter now’

Manager praises young star

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Marcus Rashford has played his way into the Manchester United starting XI after a fantastic performance in the Manchester derby.

Rashford already has a late winner at Hull and an England under-21 hattrick to his name this season, and his progress shows no sign of stopping. He is yet to start under Mourinho but put in another strong performance after being sent on at half time in the 2-1 derby defeat at Old Trafford.

“The next big game is against Feyenoord and he is going to play,” Mourinho said. “I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.

“He is mainly a No 9 and if you want to play him in different positions, we need to work him, we need to improve him, but his big personality is there.

“Normally, people look to the football talent but the personality at this level is very, very important and he was showing that last season, he was showing that immediately. He gave us in the second half what we needed but didn’t get from Miki or Jesse in the first half.”

Mkhitaryan and Lingard are among those who can expect to start this week’s Europa League game on the bench, judging by comments from Mourinho, who said: “If you are asking me if some of them are going to play against Feyenoord, then no.

By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10

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