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Published: 10:18 | 12/9/16

Rashford a starter now - Mourinho

Striker forces his way into starting XI

Jose Mourinho says that striker Marcus Rashford has earned a place in the Manchester United starting XI following his performance in the derby day defeat to rivals City.

United lost the game 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Rashford looked lively when he replaced Jesse Lingard at half-time as the home side took the game to the visitors in the second period and boss Mourinho now feels that the teenager has earned his place in the starting line-up.

Rashford, who burst upon the scene in the second half of last season, scored the winner against Hull two weeks ago and scored a hat-trick for the England U-21s, is yet to make a start under the new manager but that could be about to change.

"The next big game is against Feyenoord and he is going to play," Mourinho said.

"I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.

"He is mainly a No 9 and if you want to play him in different positions, we need to work him, we need to improve him, but his big personality is there.

"Normally, people look to the football talent but the personality at this level is very, very important and he was showing that last season, he was showing that immediately. He gave us in the second half what we needed but didn't get from Miki or Jesse in the first half."

Mourinho also hinted that certain players will have to settle for a place on the bench, with Mkhitaryan and Lingard most likely to miss out as United begin their Europa League campaign.

"If you are asking me if some of them are going to play against Feyenoord, then no,” the former Chelsea boss added.

"And it is not to punish them. It is just that the only way I can decide my team is on performances. So of course I am going to play other players.

"Sometimes players disappoint managers. Is it their fault or mine? Well, it is my fault because I am the manager and it is my choice.

"Some of the boys felt the dimension of the game, the focus and attention that comes with a derby. It has nothing to do with experience. Rashford came on in the second half and looked like he was playing for the U18s against Salford City.

"You never know the way players are going to react, especially when you don't know them so well. And after only a couple of months it is too early to know them really well. But maybe now for the next big game I know who will be able to cope with the pressure."

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