The signing of Alexis Sanchez by Manchester United is a ‘sledgehammer’ to 20-year-old England international Marcus Rashford, according to Jamie Redknapp.
Rashford was already struggling to establish himself in United’s first team before the signing of Sanchez in January; he then failed to even get off the bench against Tottenham before playing just 19 minutes against Huddersfield Town.
‘I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford,’ Redknapp wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“Some would say that great players come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.
‘Due to his reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.
‘It’s the hardest thing for a young English player. You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you. Your club have signed a world star.
‘Mourinho has said Sanchez can be an inspiration to Rashford but I don’t think that’s what he needs right now.
‘We’re talking about an established England international. There is only one way to learn, and it’s not by sitting next to someone in the dressing room, it’s by playing in the team. I feel sorry for him.’