Alexis Sanchez no threat to Marcus Rashford at Man United - Mourinho
MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho insists Alexis Sanchez's arrival at Manchester United will not push Marcus Rashford to the fringes of the first team.
Rashford is the only player to have featured in every one of United's games so far this season but has struggled for form in recent months and faces added competition following Sanchez's move from Arsenal.
Mourinho says the 20-year-old has a chance to learn from the Chilean, but the insists Rashford will not find opportunities more limited because of his new teammate.
"Marcus' story is quite interesting because he started playing with Mr. Van Gaal when team was really in trouble to have options," Mourinho said. "Then the monster 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 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."
Rashford and Sanchez have both travelled with the United squad for Wednesday night's clash with Tottenham. Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial are also back after missing the 4-0 win over Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.
Sanchez is likely to make his Premier League debut at Wembley and Mourinho says the 29-year-old will not be affected by a hostile reception after three-and-a-half years at North London rivals Arsenal.
He said: "I think he doesn't care. I think he is probably going to get that kind of reception everywhere, it doesn't matter about the previous rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal.
"I think he will get a little bit of that everywhere. I don't know if it's true or not true but that story of being at least one of the top salaries in Premier League football, to change a big club for another big club, this kind of situation attracts a little bit of it but I don't think he cares.
"He's the kind of player, with all his experience, I think he's used to it. Even in South America, I don't think its easy for Chile to play in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, so I think these guys grew up with a certain level of experiences. I don't think it's a problem for him at all."
Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.