Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had indicated that the flaw in his Manchester derby game plan was not including Marcus Rashford in the starting lineup.
Rashford, 18, was only introduced into United’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at half time. It was also United’s first Premier League defeat of the season.
With him on the pitch in the second half, United looked far more threatening up front. The England U-21 international would also have scored the equaliser but his shot deflected off Ibrahimovic, who was offside, before it beat Bravo.
After the game, Mourinho indicated that he made a mistake to overlook the teenager in favour of Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“I felt they had the fragility on the sides and the kids could give us that in the second half on the sides what we didn’t get with Miki and Jesse in the first half,” the Portuguese said.
“He (Rashford) did that for us and because we were playing with Herrera behind Fellaini and Pogba. I knew that Fellaini and Pogba were going to be in the box all the time so I thought the game was going to be very direct like it was.”
“So I think we read the game really well, the kid gave us what we had needed in the first half and normally we would be here now speaking about a different result.”
Mourinho also added that he is ready to hand Rashford his first competitive start under him as United prepares to play their first Europa League match of the season.
“For me the next big game is against Feyenoord and the next game he is going to play. That is the only thing I can say,” he said. “I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.”