Watch Out: Mourinho’s team selection will have a major surprise in Europa clash against Feynoord

Nagendra / 12 September 2016
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that young striker Marcus Rashford could start against Feynoord in their first match in Europa League this week.

The 18-year old has not started against Manchester derby and was brought on in the second half of the game as he impressed everyone with his efforts but Manchester United have lost the game 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho have gone for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard ahead of Marcus Rashford and have to make adjustments at half-time as he subbed the duo and brought on Marcus Rashford.

The manager has switched the formation to 4-3-3 as Rashford predominantly operated on left wing and drifted to the middle at times causing problems for City defense.

“He [Rashford] is mainly a No. 9 but, if you want to play him in different positions, 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 important and he was showing that immediately. [Rashford can play as a] wide man or we play with both [him and Ibrahimovic up front], which we can do perfectly like we did against Hull City.

“I felt they [City] had fragility on the sides and the kid could give us in the second half what we didn’t get from Micki [Mkhitaryan] and Jesse [Lingard] in the first half.”

Asked if the players fear for their places in the starting lineup, Mourinho said: “Performances are the only way that I can decide. So if you are asking me if they are going to play against Feyenoord, then no.

“And it is not to punish them, it is just to decide in relation to what I have. And what do I have? Their performances. So, of course, I am going to play other players.”

Manchester United are set to kick-start their Europa League campaign this week as they play Dutch club Feynoord away.