The process of taking positives from Saturday's derby loss is simultaneously a short and a painful one, like yanking a scab, but we can probably all agree that Marcus Rashford did himself no harm at all by strutting onto the pitch as if he owned the place. And his manager was extremely impressed, to the point that the youngster will make his first start of the season on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports:
The next big game is against Feyenoord and he is going to play. 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.
Which means we can probably expect Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard to be relegated to the bench, if they make the squad altogether. (TBB's guess, injury allowing, is that the former will be a sub and the latter won't make the 18.)
It'll be interesting to see if Rashford plays wide to accommodate Ibrahimovic, or if the big Swede gets a rest and vacates the no. 9 position. And if so, then that all leaves United looking for two wide players. Could we see a return for the forgotten Memphis Depay?