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Why has Jose Mourinho put Alexis Sanchez’s locker next to Marcus Rashford’s?

There's a very good reason why the Special One has placed his new signing next to two of United's rising stars

Jose Mourinho really does think of everything.

With the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this month, the Special One has wasted no time pairing up the new signing with two of the club’s brightest youngsters.


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According to a source inside the club, Mourinho has ordered the Chilean’s locker to be between Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard – hoping that the former Gunners forward will help mentor the young duo.

The United boss wants his new No 7 to help out the England pair, believing he can guide them with his wealth of experience at the top level.

Jose Mourinho wants Alexis Sanchez to help mentor Marcus Rashford on and off the pitch

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Jose Mourinho wants Alexis Sanchez to help mentor Marcus Rashford on and off the pitch

An Old Trafford insider said: “The gaffer is always looking for an edge.

“Jose likes players of all ages to be able to mix.

“It doesn’t seem a coincidence that Alexis’ new locker is right in the middle where Marcus and Jesse Lingard sit.

“There is also a feeling behind the scenes that Alexis can now take Rashford to another level.

Sanchez will be next to Rashford and Jesse Lingard, too United youngsters who came through the ranks

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Sanchez will be next to Rashford and Jesse Lingard, too United youngsters who came through the ranks

“Alexis is already involved in all the banter and he bounces around the place. He’s settling in really well here.”


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Sanchez joined on Monday in a straight swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the Gunners.

The 29-year-old has become the highest paid player in Premier League history with a £505,000-a-week deal.

Mourinho brought in Sanchez this week, and allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join Arsenal in return

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Mourinho brought in Sanchez this week, and allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join Arsenal in return

He made his debut for the club on Friday night in a 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round win at League Two side Yeovil.

Rashford scored in the match, and is looking to prove to Mourinho he is worthy of a place in the starting line-up, following Sanchez’s arrival and the rise in form of Lingard and Anthony Martial.


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