Date: 11th August 2016 at 4:53pm
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With Manchester United set to get their 2016 / 2017 season underway with a fixture against AFC Bournemouth (a), this Sunday, I`d be surprised if the name of Marcus Rashford featured in the starting eleven.

The manner in which Manchester United have done their summer transfer business suggests that the purchase of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will see Rashford relegated to the bench.

But, although the youngster had a marvellous run in the first team in the second half of the season, scoring enough goals to suggest he really is a superstar in the making, it should be remembered that he only got his opportunity in the starting eleven because of injuries to others.

Ahead of the trip to Bournemouth, on the south coast, Jose Mourinho has spoken about Rashford suggesting that the youngster will benefit enormously from the presence of the Swedish striker even if his own playing time is restricted.

Speaking to the media, Jose had this to say,

“The image Zlatan sells is not him, he is a good guy.

“He is brilliant with the young boys. I think for Rashford this is a gift.

“People can say he is not going to play every game from the start, like in the second part of last season, but this is a gift to.

“We`re so happy to have Zlatan for probably the last two years of his career. We couldn`t find a better striker in this moment.”

Probably not but let`s hope Rashford`s progress isn`t stifled by a lack of competitive action.