The Frenchman has been left on the bench for Man United’s opening two games but has claimed two goals and an assist from the bench, showing signs of his former self following a muted campaign last year.
Rashford, on the other hand, hasn’t managed to get off the mark in front of goal but has produced two commanding performances on the left flank, claiming an assist during the 4-0 win over West Ham United.
And Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, noted that Rashford’s performances haven’t merited a demotion to the bench.
“Martial has been devastating when coming off the bench but there’s no doubt he’s coming on against teams that are tired,” he said.
“He’s a brilliant finisher, his composure is brilliant. It’d be unfair for him to come in [at the] expense of Rashford. If you look at his work, his dribbles, his sprints.”
The 19-year-old hasn’t scored yet this season, striking the post against West Ham and missing a one-on-one at the Liberty Stadium, but he has been a crucial aspect of United’s newly-found capacity to rip teams apart during the latter stages of games.
Rashford is, after all, an indefatigable worker, always looking to burst forward and stretch the back four. And this is crucial to Mourinho’s way of dismantling opponents. United in each game slowly but surely created space, holding on to possession and eventually creating gaps to exploit.
In both encounters, Rashford’s raw energy and Juan Mata‘s craft on the ball laid the platform for Martial to bring hell upon knackered defenders. And why, I ask, should Mourinho change that?