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Marcus Rashford will benefit from Alexis Sanchez arrival insists Mourinho

Alexis Sanchez enjoyed a decent start to his Manchester United career against Yeovil on Friday night, with the Chilean putting in a man-of-the-match performance.

After his signing was announced, some pundits including Jamie Redknapp, said that United academy graduate Marcus Rashford may need to move away for playing time, completely disregarding the fact that Rashford has featured in every single game this season for United. Jose Mourinho has, quite rightly, put an end to this silly rumour by stating he isn’t a monster who is afraid of youth and Rashford will learn from Sanchez. Mourinho told Sky Sports:

“Marcus’ story is quite interesting because he started playing with Mr Van Gaal when the team was really in trouble to have options.

“Then the monster [himself] that kills the little kids arrived, but he plays every game since then. He plays every game. Starting or coming from the bench, as a striker, as a left winger, as a right winger, then he goes to the national team.

“The kid is having a hell of an experience at every level so an amazing future waits for him and being surrounded by these players [Sanchez] can only help him. But the whole story of Marcus will not get minutes and matches, that story is really old because he’s a very important player for us.”

I think Jose is spot on here. Basically, the fact is the media are spewing absolute nonsense as usual and trying to ruffle a few feathers at United, and once again, Jose has completely killed off the story. As previously mentioned, Rashford has featured in every game this season, and if anything the boy needs a rest. Sanchez, in a similar sense to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will be a brilliant player to learn from because I feel both players’ first instinct when they receive the ball is to run at defenders and make something happen. Rashford has played out wide and as a no.9 this season, so the fact he can learn from someone who is an out-and-out winger like Sanchez will just add more strings to his bow.

Learning from Sanchez will only enhance Rashford’s ability, and allow Mourinho to deploy the England international in a variety of positions.

To add to this, let’s not forget that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has moved to Arsenal in the Sanchez deal, therefore we haven’t added more players to the squad, the Armenian has just simply been replaced by Sanchez.

Rashford has enjoyed a healthy competition with Anthony Martial for the left wing for much of the season, yet has still managed to feature in every game. Sanchez’s arrival will surely mean that Rashford will rotate upfront with Romelu Lukaku more often, and the youngster actually started up front against Yeovil Town on Friday night.

In my opinion, this move won’t limit Rashford’s opportunities at United, it will only benefit his development. This narrative of Mourinho not trusting young players is becoming old; he has given the most minutes to academy graduates in the Premier League this season, fielded United’s youngest starting XI ever at the end of last season, and gave Angel Gomes his first taste of first-team football this season, as the 17-year-old came off the bench on Friday night against Yeovil. I, for one, am excited to see how Rashford links up with Sanchez. Hopefully, they light up Old Trafford for the next few years.

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