Jose Mourinho to use Man United trio as understudies

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The trio of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford look set to be understudies to Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United next season. 

This has been reported by The Guardian, who claim that enigmatic striker Ibrahimovic will have an essential part to play at Old Trafford next term. 

Ibrahimovic, 34, may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he's still recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football. 


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It appears, then, that the duo of  Martial and Mkhitaryan will be playing either side of the former Paris Saint-Germain man. 

It certainly won't come as a surprise if Martial and Mkhitaryan play week in, week out under new manager Jose Mourinho. 

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Aside from goalkeeper David de Gea, Martial was arguably the club's best performer last season, while Mkhitaryan enjoyed a wonderful season for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund. 

But it's quite clear that they won't play every game - especially with the club involved in the Europa League. While the likes of Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and co. will be hoping to feature on a regular basis, it seems that Young, Lingard and Rashford will have roles to play. 

Young, 31, was in and out of the side under Louis van Gaal's regime but has struggled to maintain his fitness recently. Lingard, meanwhile, quickly established himself as an important player for the club last term and also netted the club's winning goal in the FA Cup final. 

And then there's Rashford, who has enjoyed a remarkable rise at the Theatre of Dreams. He may not feature in every game next season, but United fans will still be hoping to see him take to the pitch more often than not. 

United fans: would you be happy with this? Have your say below!  

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