Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that young forward Marcus Rashford has proved that he deserves a place in the starting lineup.
Rashford, 18, came off the bench at halftime in the derby against Manchester City and had a positive impact on the game. The youngster scored a hat-trick for England U21 over the international break, and Mourinho now sees him as a starter.
“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.”
Mourinho is expected to make some changes from the team that started against City, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard having poor showings.
“If you are asking me if some of them are going to play against Feyenoord, then no.
“And it is not to punish them. It is just that the only way I can decide my team is on performances. So of course I am going to play other players.
“Sometimes players disappoint managers. Is it their fault or mine? Well, it is my fault because I am the manager and it is my choice.
“Some of the boys felt the dimension of the game, the focus and attention that comes with a derby. It has nothing to do with experience. Rashford came on in the second half and looked like he was playing for the U18s against Salford City.
“You never know the way players are going to react, especially when you don’t know them so well. And after only a couple of months it is too early to know them really well. But maybe now for the next big game I know who will be able to cope with the pressure.”