Feyenoord v Manchester United – Thursday 6:00pm, BT Sport Europe
Man Utd’s superstars will have to make do with Europe’s second tier competition this season thanks to Louis van Gaal’s exploits last term. It’s hard to imagine the likes of Zlatan and £89m-man, Pogba, competing in the Europa League but if Mourinho is looking for a reaction to their derby-day defeat then they could feature. Alternatively he may use Thursday nights as a means of utilising the depth of his squad.
First up they travel to a Feyenoord side that have secured a maximum 15 points from their opening five games to sit at the top of the Eredivisie. 2014/15 was the only time in the last six seasons that the Rotterdam-based club featured in the group stage of a European competition and they won all three of their home games, including a 2-0 victory over eventual winners Sevilla. Domestically they’ve won seven of their last eight at the De Kuip stadium, though none of the opposition come close to the quality Utd have in their ranks so you imagine Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men would take a point here.
Since Sir Alex retired, the Red Devils have gone W2-D3-L6 on the road in Europe, with the majority of these taking place in the Champions League. Although we expect this to improve under Mourinho, it’s difficult to back them here without knowing the strength of the side. However, one man the manager has said he will definitely hand a start to is Marcus Rashford. The youngster looked lively when he came on against City and has rarely failed to impress when called upon in his short career. With his hat-trick for the England U21’s last week still fresh in the memory, we fancy him to score anytime.