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Jose Mourinho provides early team news ahead of this afternoon's game against Feyenoord


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says striker Marcus Rashford will be in the starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Feyenoord.

The Englishman has been impressive so far this season for both his club and England's Under 21 side and will lead the offensive department against Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men.

Wayne Rooney did not fly with the rest of the squad but will be available for Sunday's away game at Watford.

"For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord," Mourinho said.

"He [Rashford] is going to play is the only thing I can say. I trust him completely and I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.

"He is mainly a no.9 and, if we want him to play in a different position, we need to work on him and 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 Micki or Jesse in the first half.

"For example, Micki [Henrikh Mkhitaryan] has played in how many big matches? The kid Jesse [Lingard] - how many big matches? We speak about Eric Bailly. At Villarreal, he never had a derby of this dimension but [before the City match] he was our Player of the Month and had fantastic performances for us.

"He coped with many situations but you never know the way they are going to react, especially when you don't know them so well. A couple months is too early to know them really well.

"Ander Herrera came on in the second half and was the one that allowed us to recover the ball fast to press higher, to bring the team higher to build a new wave of attack and put another long ball into the last line. Ander was phenomenal in his attitude.

"Performances are the deciding factor. How I can decide is by performances, it's the only way.

"So if you are asking me if they [the players he was disappointed with on Saturday] are going to play versus Feyenoord, no. Is it to punish? No. Just to decide in relation to what I have and what do I have [to help me decide]? Their performances, of course."

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