Marcus Rashford could be handed his first Premier League start under Jose Mourinho in the Manchester derby after impressing on international duty, reports The Mirror.
The 18-year-old has been an impact substitute for the Special One thus far, emerging from the bench to score a late winner against Hull City two weeks ago.
He followed that performance up with a sensational debut for England's Under-21 side, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Norway.
It was not only the goals but his general performance that caught the eye. Essentially, he looked too good for that level of football and some are already calling for him to be reinstated into the senior national squad.
And his chances of getting the call from Sam Allardyce next month are set to get a significant boost as Mourinho is leaning towards starting him in Saturday's crucial game against Manchester City.
Mourinho appears to be tempted by the fact that Rashford has already enjoyed success in the hotly contested derby. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Citizens last season in what was a successful breakthrough campaign under Louis van Gaal.
His attitude appears to have impressed the Special One as well. After losing his place to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rashford has not let his head drop and has continued to work hard, even staying behind after sessions to do extra training with his new Swedish team-mate.
But Ibrahimovic is unlikely to be the one to drop out if Rashford does come in. Despite flourishing in a central role, it appears more likely that the Manchester United youth product will supersede Anthony Martial, who, comparatively, has struggled under Mourinho thus far. He could also be placed on the right-wing but that would mean dropping Juan Mata.
Needless to say, Mourinho has got the kind of dilemma any Premier League manager would welcome. But it appears a dilemma is exactly what Rashford is trying to give him.
After his England Under-21 hat-trick, he told reporters: “As a young player you want to make the manager make decisions. It’s going to be a great game and everyone’s looking forward to it.”
Playing his first game under Gareth Southgate, Rashford scored once in the first half and twice more in the second as England took a huge step towards qualifying for the European Under-21 Championships.
You can take a look at his strikes in the video below:
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