One of Sky Sports regular pundits Jamie Redknapp expects Alexis Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford to force United’s 20-year-old attacker Marcus Rashford to have to leave the club in search of regular football.
Speaking on Sky Sports yesterday the former Liverpool player said:
“I just feel for people like Marcus Rashford. They go down the pecking order and he’s probably thinking where do I fit in now.
“Part of the Premier League is having these players but I just feel sorry when someone like Marcus Rashford is going to be thinking ‘this is another pathway blocked for me.’
“He might have to go in the end. It doesn’t help your confidence. Every time you are training you think ‘I’m not going to play on Saturday’.
“This is a great talent, make no mistake. I speak to players who go to the England camp with him and they are as impressed with him as anybody.
“He probably needs to go and play football somewhere.
“It is a shame but that’s modern day football and that’s why it’s so hard for young British players to get opportunities.”
As usual with Redknapp, he is talking rubbish and has obvioulsy done absolutely no research before spouting his opinion. Rashford has in fact already played 35 games for Jose Mourinho’s side already this season, although just less than half of those appearances have come from the substitutes bench.
The Portuguese coach has even instructed Sanchez to sit next to the young England striker in United’s dressing room, and wants the club’s new signing to act as a mentor to the promising youngster.
Rashford has shown plenty of promise since bursting onto the scene a couple of season’s ago, although most regular watchers of the Red Devils would admit that he struggles with consistency and decision making as most 20-year-old players do.
Therefore, working with world-class players like Sanchez and Zlatan can only help the youngster improve in the long term, even if he may have to make do with a place on the bench more often then not this season.