Jose Mourinho has warned the Manchester United players who under-performed in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City that they will be dropped and that he is ready to start Marcus Rashford for their next match.
Despite City's dominant first-half display, the 18-year-old impressed when he was introduced after the interval and looked as likely as anyone in a United shirt to salvage something from the game.
The "Special One" conceded that he made a mistake by leaving Rashford on the bench on Saturday and admitted that several of his stars who disappointed against Pep Guardiola's side will lose their starting places for Thursday's Europa League group stage tie away to Feyenoord.
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"The performances are the deciding factor," said Mourinho, via The Mirror. "How can I decide? Performances are the only way that I can decide. So if you're asking me if they're going to play against Feyenoord, then no.
"And it's not to punish them, it's just to decide in relation to what I have. And what do I have? Their performances. So of course I'm going to play other players."
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Mkhitaryan and Lingard overwhelmed
Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and local lad Jesse Lingard started the Manchester derby but they were both substituted at half-time after desperately looking off the pace and struggling to make an impact.
Mourinho feels that several of his stars, including Mkhitaryan and Lingard, were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the derby and it affected their respective displays. The Armenian was exceptional for Borussia Dortmund last season, while Lingard made over 40 appearances for United last term.
"Let's speak for example, about Mkhitaryan." the 53-year-old manager continued. "How many big matches has he played? The kid Jesse - how many times has he played big matches?
"So 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's too early to know them really well."
Rashford set to start
Not only did Rashford tap home United's winner at Hull before the international break, but he also marked his England under-21 debut by scoring a hat-trick. Mourinho admires the youngster's fearlessness, he feels he is ready to be in the starting XI and that he could get a run in the side once there.
"For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord - and the next game he's going to play," said Mourinho. "That's the only thing I can say. I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.
"He's mainly a number nine. If you want to play him in different positions, we need to work on 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."
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