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Rashford in line to start Manchester derby

Rashford in line to start Manchester derby

The teenager has impressed Mourinho

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is leaning towards starting Marcus Rashford in the Manchester derby on Saturday (10 September) at Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Mirror is reporting that Manchester United boss José Mourinho is seriously considering playing Marcus Rashford from the start against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Rashford came off the bench to score an injury time winner in United’s last game against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, and the 18-year-old netted a hat-trick in his England under-21 debut against Norway during the international break.

After the game, Rashford said he hoped his performance would give Mourinho a decision to make regarding his selection for the derby, and it seems that his goals have had the desired effect.

Rashford is yet to start a competitive game since Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hot seat, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic preferred in the central striker position.

And the Mirror believe that the former Paris Saint Germain striker will retain his place for the derby, with French forward Anthony Martial the most likely player to be dropped in favour of Rashford.

Martial, United’s highest goal scorer last season, is yet to find the net so far this campaign. The 20-year-old bagged his first goal for France during the international break, scoring against Italy at the weekend, but a poor performance in Les Bleus next game and was taken off at half time.