Gary Neville has highlighted the difficult team selection choice Jose Mourinho must make

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After a fairly mediocre first Premier League season under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United look finally ready to challenge for the title once again.

The Portuguese coach has masterminded a sensational transfer window, bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, meaning that his side now look capable of taking on all challengers.

Their first two league games of the season have been a resounding success, with the Red Devils securing back-to-back 4-0 victories over West Ham and Swansea.


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A whole host of the club's stars have excelled in the opening weeks, particularly Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.

One man who has surprisingly started both fixtures is Marcus Rashford, with Mourinho now utilising the English forward as a left winger.

He is yet to score but so far, the 19-year-old has performed admirably in an unnatural role.

However, his competitor for a starting berth, Anthony Martial, has enjoyed more statistical success from the bench, scoring twice already.

The Frenchman looks back to his dazzling best, but despite his goals, United legend Gary Neville believes Mourinho must resist including the former Monaco man from the start at the expense of Rashford.

Swansea City v Manchester United - Premier League

The Sky Sports pundit believes the Englishman's work rate is essential to how United have started, meaning he must keep his place.

He said, per Independent: "Martial has been devastating when coming off the bench but there's no doubt he's coming on against teams that are tired.

"He's a brilliant finisher, his composure is brilliant. It'd be unfair for him to come in at the expense of Rashford, if you look at his work, his dribbles, his sprints."

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In a way, it is hard to disagree with the former United right-back, with Rashford integral to supporting the likes of Lukaku.

The raw English talent may sometimes let Mourinho down with his end product, but the way he has adjusted his game to be more unselfish on the wing is testament to his attitude.

Keeping the faith is the best choice, although, Martial will surely not be happy at being just a super sub.

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