Jamie Redknapp has encouraged Marcus Rashford to move elsewhere following Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Manchester United over the January transfer window.
A recent lapse in goalscoring form has reduced the 20-year-old – whose last Premier League goal came during defeat to Manchester City – to just two starts in 2018 so far.
And the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, who played on the left hand side against Yeovil Town, has put the youngster position in Mourinho’s starting XI under further threat.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp claimed that Rashford ought to find another club in order to receive regular starting opportunities.
“Part of the Premier League is having these players but I just feel sorry when someone like Marcus Rashford is thinking ‘this is another pathway blocked for me’. He might have to go in the end.
“It doesn’t help your confidence and every day in training you’re thinking ‘I’m not going to be playing on Saturday’.
“And this is a great talent, make no mistake. I speak to the players who go to the England camp with him and their as impressed with him as they are with anybody.
“He probably just needs to go and play some football somewhere. And that’s a shame but that’s modern day football.”
Somebody should probably reminded Redknapp that Rashford is the only player to play in every game under Jose Mourinho this season. He also made more appearances than any other squad player during the Portuguese’s opening campaign: more than Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia, who both won individual prizes in May.
Redknapp’s claim that Sanchez’s arrival pushes Rashford, a talented young English player, further down the pecking order and away from opportunities which will help him grow belongs to an old generation of English players – not pundits – eager to throw their hands up and bemoan the lack of chances for homegrown talent in this country’s top division.
Thankfully, however, Rashford doesn’t belong to that generation. This is a player who has relentlessly improved himself since breaking into the first team, defying expectations at every hurdle, and the arrival of one player – no matter how good he is – will not deter him in the slightest.