Striker Marcus Rashford will be handed his first Manchester United start of the Jose Mourinho era at Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, after impressing his manager in Saturday’s Premier League defeat by Manchester City.
Mourinho, whose side lost 2-1 after a lacklustre first-half display, made a double substitution at the interval, bringing on midfielder Ander Herrera and the 18-year-old Rashford, who had an instant impact.
Rashford had a goal disallowed in the 70th minute after his shot came off Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was offside, and although his energy and pace could not secure a result for United, Mourinho praised him as a potential game-changer.
“For me the next big game is against Feyenoord and the next game [Rashford] is going to play,” Mourinho told reporters.
“I trust him completely. I know his future will be brilliant.
“Normally, people look to the football talent but personality at his level is very important and he was showing that last season – he was showing that immediately.”
Rashford, who scored on both his Premier League and Europa League debuts for United last season, is by far the most exciting graduate of United’s academy in years.
He also scored three minutes into his first senior start for England against Australia in May and bagged a hat-trick on his England U21 debut last week.
Mourinho said he viewed Rashford as an out-and-out striker, but conceded the forward had offered his team a better outlet when deployed on the wing against City than established wide players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.