"That would scare Manchester City": Darren Fletcher calls on Marcus Rashford to go in the derby for Manchester United at the expense of Romelu Lukaku at the start
- Darren Fletcher wants Marcus Rashford ahead in the Manchester derby
- Rashford came off the bench and scored a win over Bournemouth
- Romelu Lukaku has not scored in his last nine games for Manchester United
Jeorge Bird for Mailonline
Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes Marcus Rashford should face rivals Manchester City on Sunday at the expense of Romelu Lukaku.
Rashford scored after coming on as a substitute against Bournemouth at the weekend, while Lukaku, who missed the game due to an injury, failed to hit United in their last nine games.
Fletcher added that United was inspired by the match last season when Jose Mourinho's side lost 2-0 at half-time but ended up winning 3-2.
Darren Fletcher believes Marcus Rashford should start against Manchester City
Romelu Lukaku could be fit for Manchester United on Sunday, but Fletcher would not start him
Fletcher, now of Stoke, said on Sky Sports' Monday night football on United: "They should handle the game as in the second half of last season. They were brave and tried to climb the field. The city will be owned for a long time, so I would like to see pace in attack areas.
"I'd like to see Rashford, it's a big dilemma (with Lukaku)." There is much more fluidity with these first three. That would scare Manchester City. "
If Lukaku is fit, Mourinho has a dilemma regarding his starting grid for the match at Etihad Stadium.
Fletcher recalled how United approached big games under Sir Alex Ferguson
Alexis Sanchez started on the flanks against Bournemouth in front, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial on the flanks, while Mourinho can also call Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Fletcher made 342 appearances for United and reminded of the approach of the legendary former coach Sir Alex Ferguson in big games.
He said, "We struggled with the counterattack. Especially away in Europe and against Arsenal, when we felt that they were sending too many players to the front. We had players like Ronaldo and Wayne, it was a game plan. "
After the re-emergence and winning the last two Premier League games United took seventh place in the table.
United will have to focus on the Champions League encounter against Juventus on Wednesday before their game against City.