It was question everyone was asking ahead of the Manchester derby; Should Marcus Rashford start?
The teenage sensation had scored the winner in United’s previous match against Hull City, before an impressive hat-trick on his debut for England under-21’s during the international break.
However, Jose Mourinho thought the answer to the question that had been asked thousands of times in the past week was ‘no’.
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Rashford began the clash against Manchester City on the bench and could only look on as his teammates were dominated by Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mourinho opted for Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to start either side of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the pair failed to make any sort of contribution in a 45 minutes belonging to the away side.
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But Mourinho swallowed his pride at half-time and seemingly admitted his mistake in not starting Rashford but bringing him on at the interval.
Both Lingard and Mkhitaryan were replaced by Rashford and Ander Herrera as they attempted to overturn their 2-1 deficit.
Although Rashford couldn’t make any difference to the scoreline, he looked dangerous and appeared to lift the entire team, and the fans.
In fact, the 18-year-old completed more take-ons in his very first minute on the pitch than Lingard did in the entire first-half.
Mourinho on Rashford
And Mourinho has reacted to Rashford’s impact by comparing it to a performance you’d expect from a youngster in an exhibition match.
"It has nothing to do with experience or age because you have the kid then in the second-half and the kid looked like he was playing in the Under-18s versus Salford City," Mourinho said regarding Rashford's display, per Manchester Evening News.
While Rashford didn’t start the Manchester derby, he’s highly likely to play a big role for his side in the coming weeks. Mourinho’s side will travel to the Netherlands to play Feyenoord on Thursday in the Europa League, a competition that Rashford will surely feature heavily in.
They then play Watford away next weekend in the league before a trip to Northampton on the EFL Cup. They host champions Leicester at Old Trafford on September 24 and then welcome Ukrainian side Zorya in the Europa League.
If he didn’t know before, Mourinho will have discovered that no situation seems to faze Rashford and he’s capable of performing on the biggest stage. Surely now he will get his chance.
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