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Manchester United to offer Alexis Sanchez to Borussia Dortmund in Jadon Sancho deal – reports

Manchester United are apparently going to offer Borussia Dortmund Alexis Sanchez in their move for Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been chasing 20-year-old Sancho since last summer, with the club seeking to land the player this summer, if they can, dependant on the transfer fee.

It was reported on Wednesday that United had taken out a £140 million cash injection into the club, presumably to help find what would be considered as an important summer for the Old Trafford club. United need to strengthen their forward line, also finding a player to play in the right-wing role, a position Sancho can play.

Sanchez, 31, has been on loan at Inter Milan this season and it is unlikely that the club will want to make that move permanent, meaning United would see a player, who has not future at the club, return. Obviously, his wage is a problem and his lack of anything is a bigger problem. He could reinvent himself in Germany, or anywhere else.

Dortmund, who have not started the England winger since the Bundesliga returned the weekend before last, would seek £100 million for the 20-year-old this summer, a fee that United might struggle to pay, considering the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial fallout from it. However, if United offered a player as part of the deal, it might work.

Dortmund may not want Sanchez, who is not getting any younger and his poor form and injury history might be something of a disadvantage, so would be a downgrade from Sancho, who is going to be a top player when he reaches his peak and United want that to be whilst he’s playing for the Old Trafford club, if they get their man.

Sanchez would need to take a massive pay cut as what he offers on the pitch is not worth £505,000 a week, which is his reported wage. It would seem that United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has learned a lesson from the Chilean’s move from Arsenal just over two years ago. It is a major fail, even with the comedic piano performance.

Five players who could be sold to bring in new additions at Manchester United this summer

Manchester United will by no doubt have plans for the summer transfer window and those plans could have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic, purely because of the financial after effects of the pandemic. United have been linked to many players so far this summer with the main ones Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Billingham.

United are a club in debt and they have been since the Glazers purchased the club, leaving the debt with the club. It is a lot less than it was a decade ago but is still there, waiting to be paid off. The coronavirus pandemic has already cost the club and looks set to continue haemorrhaging money as long as supporters are kept out of stadiums.

United still have many players at the club who are either assets who could be sold to bring in money for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reinforce his squad or players who are no longer part of the future of the club but worth money that could be used by the manager to change the direction of the club. Here are five players who could be sold this summer.

Paul Pogba: The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from United since he stated that he wanted a new challenge last summer.

It would seem obviously that Pogba would be the most likely player to bring in the funds for United to sign the players they want to sign this summer. Last summer, the Frenchman was said to have a £150 million price tag, however, the coronavirus pandemic will affect fees club could get for players, apparently which seems United would suffer.

Players United are interested in, Sancho for instance, are not being valued differently by their clubs, even with the pandemic here, which shows that United are expected to cut their losses when selling players, but make more losses by paying inflated fees just for being Manchester United, which seems a bit strange.

Jesse Lingard: His last few seasons at the club have not been the best with his form questionably poor right now, seemingly likely to leave.

Lingard is not likely to bring in a lot of money for United this summer but Transfermarkt seem to value him at £15.75 million, which could be a good starting point for the club. However, with his lack of form and the fact he’s not scored a single goal in the Premier League this season, it might be hard to find clubs who are interested in the player.

He could add some depth to other clubs, but the financial market is going to affect the clubs that could have been interested in the player, which might result in either United having to sell for under his value or loan the player for the 2020/21 season, possibly with a compulsory purchase agreement in the contract or something.

Chris Smalling: A loan spell at Roma seems to have cut the chord at United, seemingly ready to make the move permanent.

The former England defender was in effect excess at the club last summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. United have not really missed Smalling this season and have a few players in reserve should they need them; Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi but the more experienced Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

That said, the latter two could be cut this summer too, not that their transfers would raise a lot of money. £15 million could be a figure that United accept for the 30-year-old with two more years remaining on his contract. His form might add more to his price but in the current market, United should take what they can, as long as it resembles a good fee.

Alexis Sanchez: The player seems so far out of Solskjaer’s plans that he should be happy with any club that would want him.

The Chilean international moved to United from Arsenal over two years ago now with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the other direction. Both players have seemingly lost their places at either club and both will be seeking a move away from the club. Sanchez has not been missed at United, not even with the forward shortage due to injury.

Daniel James has not yet been at United for a year and has four goals and seven assists to his name, nearly beating Sanchez’s five goals and nine assist at the club, showing he could be easily replaced. Inter Milan do not seem keen to take him and he has been linked to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal for Sancho, as impossible as that may sound.

Andreas Pereira: He’s not really a player that United need right now. He can do things on the pitch but will never be first choice.

For me, Andreas Pereira is not a player that should be in United’s first team. He has little to offer and does not seem to be a player that United could utilise as a winger, an attacking midfielder or even a midfielder. He had bright hopes when coming through the academy but United is not the club for him to succeed at.

He might want to fight for his place in the team but over the past few years, he has been given opportunities to find his feet at the club and it is not coming. Right now in the midfield, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are all ahead of him. Playing as a winger, Marcus Rashford, James and Mason Greenwood are better.

I don’t expect United to sell all of these players. It seems that the Pogba saga is slowly losing speed with wages likely to be a problem, which, unless clubs find the money, means he will stay put at United, even if he does not want to. The other four though, are expendable with the club able to find moves for them, even if they don’t want to leave.

Alexis Sanchez wanted by AS Roma and Universidad de Chile with Manchester United counting the days to get rid of him

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is clearly not a wanted man by those at the Old Trafford club. In all honesty, after 18 months at the club and little to show for the reported wages he receives, you would be hard pressed not to find a reason why he would be wanted at the club. He’s a flop and does not deserve another chance at the club.

These are my thoughts, I am not the only one that thinks this way as there are some that see something good in the Chilean and feel that he should be given a chance to show what he can do. Perhaps those people have not seen this already – next to nothing. Inter Milan seem to be unhappy to keep him longer than the current season – a reason to move on?

There are different reports in the media regarding the future of Sanchez – both see him moving away from Manchester with him either staying in Italy or heading back home to Chile. Either would be fine by me. Him wearing the famous number seven shirt at United, once donned by George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo is an insult to all of those players and the club.

One report suggests that Sanchez, 31 could remain in Italy with AS Roma reportedly interested in signing the player. There were apparently interested in signing him before Inter managed to get him on a season-long loan spell. Now could be their chance to get their man in hope that his form will change and he will bring something to the team.

During the 2019/20 season with Inter, Sanchez managed just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting three more in a season that was not only marred by injury but also by the coronavirus pandemic which has stopped football all around the world. Sanchez missed 14 games with a tendon injury.

Roma, at least reportedly, feel that they have a good relationship with United with defender Chris Smalling spending the season on loan from the club and it could give them the connection to broach another spell for Sanchez, which is something United would probably want to make permanent, either straight away or after a period of loan.

Another reports suggests that Sanchez is seeking to return to his native Chile to end his career, which for me would be great news also. I don’t believe the player deserves to play for a club like United – he’s offered little since signing for the club in January 2018. Universidad de Chile seem to be interested, confirmed by their president, Jose Luis Navarrete:

“I spoke with Alexis Sanchez and he is a fan of Universidad de Chile.

“He wants to retire by playing for the club. I would like to have Marcelo Díaz, Isla, Edu Vargas, Alexis Sanchez, all of them, but you have to be realistic.

“The economic scenario is not brilliant, it will depend on how much they are willing to give up to come to Universidad de Chile.”

Sanchez would need to take a massive pay cut in order for the deal to be facilitated but it would be good news for United, who would then be able to move on from the disaster that was signing the player. Everyone wanted it to work at the start, especially after Manchester City held an interest in the player and never got him. They did well from it though.

There won’t be any tears from me when Sanchez has left the club. There has never been a real attachment with the player since he left Arsenal more than two years ago. Personally, it may have been different if the player signed for United instead of Barcelona all them years ago but not now. He looks like a player well past his time for me.

Alexis Sanchez set to become a big problem at Manchester United? Sell him, give him a chance or loan him?

When Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January transfer window in 2018, seeing Henrikh Mkhitaryan travel in the other direction, it should have been something that worked well for the club, but it didn’t. It has never really worked. Sanchez has been earning a massive wage, doing a lot less for that money than expected.

During the summer and into 2020, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started to apply his brand of football to the club, seeing the back of Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, all on permanent moves and Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Sanchez all leaving on loan. It is expected that there might be a few more departures when the transfer window opens.

Whilst playing for United, Sanchez has not done enough to even warrant being selected as part of the squad for the season, let alone wearing a shirt number as prestigious as the one he was given on arrival, the famous number seven, playing 45 times in around one and a half seasons, scoring just five goals and assisting a further nine.

This season at Inter, Sanchez has played 15 times, scoring one goal, assisting a further three. It seems clear that this player on a galactic wage is not performing to the standards that he should be performing. Granted, he has missed 14 matches through injury, which could have seen him play more of a part for the Italian club.

Sanchez is contracted at United for a further two more years and reports suggest that the player is reluctant to accept a pay cut to get a move elsewhere, so unless something big happens, it is likely that Sanchez will be back at United next season, which is something that many will not want to see. Some suggest that he should be given a second chance.

Personally, I do not think he has done enough to warrant a second chance at United. He has never really bust a gut to perform and his loan spell to Inter, which was to serve as something to revive his ailing career, has not worked out as many thought. West Ham United could be interested, taking advantage of the current pandemic to get a good deal for Sanchez.

Right now, looking at the team Solskjaer seems to be building, I don’t see many chances for Sanchez moving forward. He’s had a good career but is clearly coming to the end of that now, which along with all his injuries, is pretty telling. Whilst at United, he missed 20 matches due to injury. I wish it could all be different but United’s identity has changed now.

With the way things have gone for Sanchez at United and the fact that Solskjaer clearly does not seem to want the player at the club as part of his new squad, there might not be a second chance for him to resurrect his career at the club. Personally, I feel he has not done enough to warrant a place in the squad and that the club should look to get rid.

Perhaps, if they cannot move him on a permanent deal to pastures new, like West Ham, who seem interested, United should be looking to loan him out, perhaps with a deal that the club he is loaned to compulsory purchase him either in the following winter transfer window or the following summer, if the transfer windows are not changed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Do you think Alexis Sanchez deserves another chance to shine at Manchester United?

Alexis Sanchez does not want to return to Manchester United, according to reports. Would anyone miss him?

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez who is currently on a season long loan with Serie A side Inter Milan reportedly has no plans to return to the Old Trafford club at the end of the season. The Chilean forward was signed from Arsenal in January 2018 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading on the other direction.

Sanchez played 45 times for United, scoring five goals and putting in some rather undesirable performances for a player being paid so much to be at the club. Personally, I don’t ever want to see the Chilean darken the doors at Old Trafford, at least representing United. For the money he has been given and the lack of anything shown, his signing was a disaster.

Sanchez has not yet made his debut for Inter Milan, however, he made the bench for the 2-1 victory away to Cagliari last weekend, seeing teammate and former United striker Romelu Lukaku score his second goal of the season, in his second match at the club. To suggest that you do not want to return to your club, before even playing, is pretty silly.

If these words come back to haunt him and he has to return to United, he is going to look pretty stupid, especially if United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the likes of Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, even Largie Ramazani chances this season and Sanchez ended up being behind them all in the pecking order.

Solskjaer signed Daniel James from Swansea City this summer, a £15 million signing which could rise to £18 million. In playing four times for the club, spending 285 minutes on the pitch, he has scored three goals, two shy of what Sanchez achieved at the club. Two more goals and he will have done the same as the expensive Chilean.

Corriere dello Sport has reported that Sanchez dreams of staying at Inter longer than this season and wants to line up for the club during the 2020/21 season, which would be great if they were to sign him permanently. However, he would need to perform to get that, something he has not done at United. Questions would surely be asked.

United will obviously have an idea of the fee that they will want for Sanchez, also knowing that they made an agreement for the player’s wages, which will need to be honoured. Maybe they will allow him to leave for free if the players gave up his right to the wages that he would have earned until the end of his contract?

Sanchez struggled at United. He scored some good goals, some important goals even, however, he never made himself important at the club, under the management of both Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer, suggesting that it was him that was the problem. Even Gary Neville sees Sanchez as a player that was an ‘absolute disaster’ at the club, saying:

“[Alexis] Sanchez has been an absolute disaster. I have no idea what’s happened to him. There must be two of them.

“The one that’s turned up in Manchester I have no idea who that is.”

Obviously, we’ll see how his season fares and how United’s season fares. I don’t think Solskjaer or his former teammates will miss him, there was literally nothing to miss him for, other than that piano video, which is hilarious now. Imagine being that guy and just not performing. Good riddance to Sanchez, may he never play for United again.

Inter Milan want Alexis Sanchez situation sorted out soon; Chilean may stay at Manchester United – reports

Inter Milan has reportedly reopened talks with Alexis Sanchez over a loan move to the club before the transfer window closes in a week’s time. Last week, it was suggested that the move could be confirmed before the weekend with reports now suggesting that the Italian club wants things completed within 72 hours.

It was reported last week that Manchester United were demanding a bigger share of Sanchez’s wages to be paid by the Italian club, however, based on other reports emerging, Inter is reluctant to spend so much on the player, seemingly expecting other clubs to find their activity on the pitch, or so it seems.

Inter has, so far, been unable to agree on a deal, of which United wants them to pay £5 million of the players wage, also a £15 million transfer fee next summer. However, with injuries in the squad, it may now weaken United, a squad who already lacks quality across the pitch. The talks this week could seal a deal or see United end everything.

The Mirror has reported that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sanchez were seen arriving at the clubs Aon training complex in Carrington earlier n Monday, not surprising as the player’s will still be training on Bank Holiday Monday, readying themselves for the visit to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Saturday.

Solskjaer was once keen to let Sanchez leave the club this summer but after an injury to Anthony Martial in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, which has not yet been confirmed as anything of note by the club, it could mean that Solskjaer will ask or expect Sanchez to remain at the Old Trafford club.

Martial suffered from a thigh injury, which is still being assessed by the club. He is currently 50/50 as to whether he will be involved against Southampton at the weekend. If the Frenchman is out for any period of time, allowing Sanchez to leave would just lead to more discontent amongst the ‘Twitter fans’ who seem to moan about anything.

With all the speculation surrounding Sanchez at United this summer, Solskjaer has been respectful of the player when speaking in public, which is a good way to be. If the manager has something to say about the player, it should only be said to the player, in my opinion. Solskjaer recently spoke about Sanchez, saying:

“Alexis [Sanchez] is a quality player. We don’t have loads of options. If there is an offer that’s good enough for the club and him maybe he will go, but if not then, he’s still our player and he’s a quality player.”

United has just Marcus Rashford and Martial as their experiences forwards this season, other than Sanchez, of course. There is also Mason Greenwood, whose participation in the first team will need to be protected, to stop him burning out. That leaves four players, three if Sanchez is allowed to leave on loan.

Granted, Solskjaer could look towards the youth players in the U23s to fortify his squad with the likes of D’Mani Bughail-Mellor and Largie Ramazani who could step up to the first team, also with Tahith Chong, who has already made his debut at first team level, stepping up also. There is room for strengthening whether Sanchez stays or goes.

Impending Alexis Sanchez departure could end up costing Manchester United £36 million – reports

Manchester United could reportedly face paying £36 million to Alexis Sanchez if his proposed move to Inter Milan, initially on loan, is made permanent next summer. The Series A side are said to be determined to strike a deal for the Chilean before the weekend after talks were held on Wednesday, at least according to the Daily Mail.

Inter are reported to only be offering Sanchez a wage of £150,000 per week, which is around £350,000 short of his reported wage at United after he signed for the club, from Arsenal, in January 2018. It will most likely be a learning curve for Ed Woodward, who sorted out the deal. Perhaps he’s learned that signing big named players is not the best way forward.

Sanchez will turn 31 in 2020 and to be honest, after the failure his signing has been, United will either have to keep him at the club, paying him each week, or offering a lump sum just to get rid of him. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite what has been said publicly does not seem all that keen to keep the player at the club this season.

During his time at United, Sanchez has played a total of 45 times, scoring five goals – three of those in the Premier League. Some supporters did not want to write him off, seemingly giving him many chances to shine, which just did not happen. Based on the wage he’s on at United, he is one expensive flop for the club, a mistake not to make again.

It is suggested that after a season on loan, Inter could purchase Sanchez for around £14 million, which would offset the amount that United would need to spend on the player, just to get him to leave. Signing him was a gamble. If it worked, it would have been money well spent. As it has not worked and shows few signs of working, it is a massive waste of money.

Sanchez could link up with Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro club this season if his loan spell is approved and everything runs smoothly. Earlier in the summer, it was suggested that Inter did not have a lot of money, however, in signing Lukaku and looking to get Sanchez and others, it would seem that was misinformation or a way to pay less for players.

Sanchez was the first Chilean to play for United and probably the last. There was a lot of opportunities for him to succeed at the club but it just has not worked. Since Solskjaer arrived at the club in December 2018, it was clear that Sanchez was not seen as a player that the Norwegian would have in his team, him wanting to trust youth instead.

Based on the young players already at the club, allowing them to leave in order to keep playing Sanchez would be a travesty. Of course, there will be supporters annoyed at the club letting Sanchez leave, them seemingly thinking that giving him more time will heed great results. I don’t think it will, as much as I would have liked to see him achieve.

The best thing that could happen here is that Sanchez leaves this summer, had a good loan season in Italy and the club buys him next summer. It will always be costly for United but then he will be off the books. Ed Woodward also needs to learn that big names will not always fit into a team. Him learning about the game is crucial all the more now.

The impending exit of Alexis Sanchez seems to be the best option for Manchester United this summer

Alexis Sanchez could soon be ending his sort spell at Manchester United. It has been reported that the Chilean forward has agreed a loan spell at Inter Milan in which he would join former United striker Romelu Lukaku this season. The deal would see the player remain in Italy for the 2019/20 season with the option for the club to buy him for £13.75 million.

Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano reported the prospective which could end the turbulent period for the Chilean, who is reportedly being paid around £505,000 each week at the Old Trafford club. Sanchez has played for United for around 18 months, playing 45 times, scoring only five goals, which is terrible considering his achievement in the sport.

It will be up to United to pay a lot of his reported wage with Inter offering to pay a chunk of it for him to sign for the San Siro club. It has also been reported that the Chilean international who has played for Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus, asked United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to let him leave the club this summer.

Many supporters of the club would not miss the player if he left although some will suggest that he has so much to achieve at the club. With the process that Solskjaer has implemented, it is clear that the likes of Sanchez are not wanted and have no prospects, even with the club only signing Daniel James this summer, losing Lukaku without signing a replacement also.

It will no doubt leave the club with places to full in the squad, however, it will also be god for the likes of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and Mason Greenwood, who would most likely be afforded more playing time this season, en route to establishing themselves in Solskjaer’s first team during his rebuilding process of the club.

At the end of last season, Solskjaer suggested that the supporters of the club had seen the back of some players, which puzzled supporters during the summer with only Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia leaving the club on the expiry of their contracts. Some expected wholesale departures, starting with Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and others.

In fact, with Lukaku leaving a few weeks ago and the reports linking Sanchez to Inter Milan, also with reports suggesting the club are trying to pay Marcos Rojo off to leave the club two-years early, it is clear that Solskjaer meant these players when he suggested that we may have seen the back of some players.

It will be considered as good business to get these players off the wage bill also. Sanchez came to United with such high hopes with Jose Mourinho beating Pep Guardiola to the signature of the Chilean, who was announced playing the piano in a video which went viral, seemingly all for the wrong reasons after the player failed to light a fire at the club, let alone keep anything burning.

It is something that will want to be forgotten, just like the failed loan spell of Colombian striker, Radamel Falcao, who scored four goals during his time at the Old Trafford club, although he was recovering from a serious knee injury at the time and seems to have returned to his best form a year or so later, after also failing for a season at Chelsea.

Alexis Sanchez to be dropped to the reserves if he does not leave Manchester United this summer – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems determined to get rid of Alexis Sanchez before the summer transfer window in most of Europe closes but the player is refusing to leave the club. United signed the Chilean from Arsenal in January 2018 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the other direction.

Italian club, Roma has shown some interest in the 30-year-old this summer but they have an alternative target in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, who will be on a more affordable wage structure with Sanchez reportedly on £505,000 each week. It would seem that when Manchester City dropped their interest in the player, that did it for the right reasons.

This summer, Solskjaer allowed striker Romelu Lukaku to leave the club, signing for Inter Milan a week ago after a summer of speculation which saw the Belgian linked to Inter, then to Juventus with the prospect of Paulo Dybala coming in the other direction, that interest being scuppered by United and Inter coming back in for Lukaku.

United have just Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as the clubs experienced strikers this season with rookie Mason Greenwood coming through the academy and expected to play a big part during the course of the season. Solskjaer could also call on Tahith Chong to bolster his front line, either offloading Sanchez of removing him from the first team.

It has been reported that Solskjaer will dump Sanchez in the reserves, where he might not even feature at all if he does not agree to leave the club this summer. With the transfer window in most of Europe closing in the 2 September, there is still time to get something sorted. If this is true, it seems clear that the Chilean has no future at the club.

It is a shame that this did not work out for Sanchez as whilst he was at Arsenal during the 2017/18 season, he was in much better form than he has been in at United. It seems the player is happy to continue taking the money, not respecting the club, the shirt, his teammates or the clubs supporters. Solskjaer needs to be given a guarantee that he wins here.

Since signing for the club, Sanchez has reportedly banked £41 million in wages, earning around £8.2 million for each goal he has scored for the club. Ed Woodward certainly has something to do with allowing this grotesque wage to be given to a player who has underachieved massively since has arrived, playing the piano in his announcement video.

Former United striker, Robin van Persie, who retired this summer, has offered some advice to the former Arsenal forward, suggested he needed to rediscover how it felt when he arrived at the Old Trafford club 19 months ago. Speaking to Goal.com, Van Persie gave Sanchez the advice, that he should take if he is going to remain at the club, saying:

“He is still a wonderful player, still a great player. He needs to find a way to be happy again. If you are happy, you want to create and have fun. He had that in his first couple of months from what I saw and he needs to find that again.

“He can still play, he is still a fantastic football player. He just doesn’t really look happy and the reason why this is… I don’t know. I can only guess, but from distance, he looks unhappy and he needs to find a way to be happy again.”

However, Solskjaer seems to have his mind made up about the Chilean and wants him far away from his squad this season. After their 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday and tasked with a visit to the Molineux on Monday evening, where they lost twice in around a fortnight last season, they seem to be doing alright without Sanchez. Whether Solskjaer needs to draft him in remains to be seen.

A make or break season for Alexis Sanchez?

The 2019/20 campaign is arguably the most important of Alexis Sánchez’s career. Why? Because he has a point to prove. After joining in January 2018, Sánchez has managed just five goals in 45 appearances. A scoring record which is simply not good enough for a player of his quality and one that wears the iconic number seven shirt. 

Sánchez turns 31 in December and is one of the club’s highest earners putting United in a position where they simply cannot afford for him to underperform again this season. Since joining the club, Sánchez became an embodiment of the previous manager’s lacklustre style and looked a shadow of his former self. He was a player that could singlehandily grab games by the scruff of the neck and win them with Arsenal.

This is something that United have been lacking since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Romelu Lukaku has left the club and his goalscoring will need to come from somewhere else. Lukaku scored 15 goals in all competitions last season, a handy output for a player that didn’t always feature prominently. His departure also means that Sánchez should be afforded more opportunities to recreate his scoring form. 

There is no better time for Alexis Sánchez to step up and reproduce some of the form that saw him score 24 Premier League goals for Arsenal during 2016/17. There is recent evidence to suggest this can be done. Take the 2019 Copa America for example. Sánchez seemed to have the bit between his teeth again and was a standout for Chile during the tournament.

He scored twice and assisted once in the opening stages of the tournament but most notably he impressed against Uruguay. He was arguably the best player on the pitch in Chile’s defeat to Uruguay. His chance creation was spectacular and a certain nippiness was back in his game, something that would excite United fans. 

The Copa America tournament coupled with a slight hamstring injury meant that Sánchez wasn’t able to feature in the club’s pre-season campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead opted to give playing time to new signing Daniel James. Solskjaer has made it clear that he intends to play youth this season but the departure of Lukaku means that experienced players need to step up now more than ever.

If he can rediscover his form, United’s attack will take on a whole new dimension. The key to that is Sánchez playing in a role where he can receive the ball close to the box and drive at opposition defenders. When he featured last season, he would almost certainly receive the ball 50 yards from goal and look lost.

This is simply not Alexis Sánchez’s game, at all. His mental attitude may also have something to do with it. When he was at Arsenal it was evident that his work rate was contagious. He played the game with a smile on his face and his teammates embraced him in a way that hasn’t been seen at Old Trafford. 

There is no doubt that his age may have something to do with his form slump and he is not that athlete that he was three or four years ago. In saying that, there is still a player in there that can be instrumental for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The new manager may possess the tools to unlock the player but ultimately, it’s up to Alexis Sánchez himself. Only time will tell. 

Written by Euan James

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