Manchester United host cross-town rivals City at Old Trafford on Saturday in what should be an explosive and high-quality derby encounter.
Both sides look likely to come out and play for three points, with the eventual victor ensuring bragging rights and laying down an early-season Premier League statement of intent.
Although City’s team could well feature new players Claudio Bravo and Ilkay Gundogan, who would both make their debuts, it is a familiar face that Jose Mourinho should be introducing to his starting XI.
Marcus Rashford is smashing it. pic.twitter.com/yUSgFbQ6qU
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Marcus Rashford looked like he was set to spend the majority of his time on the United bench this season following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the teenage sensation is refusing to be overlooked.
Having scored the winning goal at the death against Hull City in the Red Devils’ last fixture, the 18-year-old striker netted a hat-trick in midweek on his debut for England under-21’s.
Rashford also scored the winner in the derby against City at the Etihad Stadium last season and has done more than enough to deserve a starting place in Mourinho’s outfit.
Although dropping Ibrahimovic to give the youngster a chance to play would represent a massive shock, deploying the Englishman instead of Anthony Martial would be a more astute move.
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While others have sparkled in United’s three consecutive wins this season, the France international has been on the fringes of things and looks like he is trying to force the game to make an individual impact.
Playing the diligent and hard-working Rashford on the left would not be fielding the youngster in his best or preferred role but he is on form and more than worthy of a place in the side.
Despite Ibrahimovic’s presence and the fact he will play when fit and available, Rashford should still be in consideration to play alongside the Swedish frontman this season – and it could be in Martal’s wider role that he gets his chance.