Both Lingard and Mkhitaryan were subbed at halftime in the Manchester derby for their poor first half displays. Mourinho laid into his derby flops and warned them they would be dropped.
Mourinho reacted to the 2-1 defeat to City by claiming several of his team would be dropped. However Marcus Rashford will be promoted to the starting line-up after his excellent second half performance against City after which Mourinho admitted his mistake in leaving him on the bench.
“The performances are the deciding factor,
“How can I decide? Performances are the only way that I can decide.
“So if you’re asking me if they’re going to play against Feyenoord, then no.
Mourinho admitted several of the players, including Lingard and Mkhitaryan, were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the derby.
“Let’s speak, for example, about Mkhitaryan, How many big matches has he played?
“The kid Jesse, how many times has he played big matches?
“So 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’s too early to know them really well.”
Mourinho admitted he considered starting Rashford after his midweek hat-trick for the England U-21s and said that Rashford’s fearlessness means he is now ready to promote him to the starting XI and keep faith with him once there.
“For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord – and the next game he’s going to play,
“That’s the only thing I can say.
“I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.
“He’s mainly a No.9. If you want to play him in different positions, we need to work on 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.”
After Saturdays game against City many United fans would agree that it is time Rashford was given an extended run in the first XI.
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