Gary Neville explains why Marcus Rashford should start the Manchester derby

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Ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby, Jose Mourinho has a major selection decision to make.

That is, of course, does he start teenage sensation Marcus Rashford?

Mourinho has left Rashford out of the first four competitive fixtures but the 18-year-old won United the three points in the previous league match against Hull, scoring the winner in injury-time.

Then, during the international break, the wonderkid scored an impressive hat-trick on his England under-21 debut.

So, should the Special One start with Rashford in the clash at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime?

Neville on Rashford

Well, the answer is a resounding yes for Gary Neville. The former right-back, turned Sky Sports pundit, was asked if Mourinho should start with Rashford and he gave a pretty definitive answer. However, he doesn’t think the Portuguese boss will agree with his thoughts.

"I hope Rashford does start because he will add to the game and he will be a big threat to Manchester City, but I don't think he will,” he told Sky Sports.

“Rashford offers something that would cause City problems, he proved that last season. I hope he starts from the point of view that the game will be better with him in it, he's got that unpredictability and would add something to the game.”

Rashford has already been a match winner in a Manchester derby, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Who should miss out?

But, with United having a 100% record in the league so far, who would drop to the substitutes bench if Rashford is given the nod?

Well, Neville thinks one player, in particular, could miss out.

"If you look at the areas Mourinho needs to change at United you would say that with Rooney and Juan Mata both in the team it does lack pace," he added.

“Anthony Martial needs to do more, he needs to make more dangerous runs, work harder to get on the ball and he needs to contribute more when he's not scoring. He can do more, he's capable of it, he's a fantastic talent. At the moment Martial is probably the one in most danger (of losing his place to Rashford)."

Whether Rashford starts or not remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a pulsating game.

Not only is it a Manchester derby, but both clubs look set to go head-to-head for Premier League glory this campaign. They spent a combined £300 million this summer and their respective sides ooze top quality - not to mention the fact that Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will clash once again after their fairly tempestuous past.

It likely to be the most expensive football match in history and could also be the most watched game in history. Rashford could be one of those spectators from the home dugout, or he could be playing a starring role.

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