Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has stated that Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United reminds him of the Fernando Torres at Chelsea.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Alexis Sanchez when the Chilean arrived at Old Trafford on a swap deal back in January. However, the 29-year-old has netted just four times in 25 appearances for the Red Devils ever since. This poor run of form and inconsistency saw Sanchez being dropped from Manchester United’s squad against West Ham United.
Sanchez however, came off the bench to score a late winner against Newcastle United last weekend but it did not impress Jamie Carragher too much. Carragher went as far to slate Sanchez’ struggles to Fernando Torres when the Spaniard left Liverpool for Chelsea. Torres left for £50 million to Chelsea back in 2011 but was a major flop at the West London club and Sanchez, who is the Premier League’s highest paid player, has shown the same traits.
Carragher Slams Sanchez-
In his daily column of the Daily Telegraph the former England international wrote, “There is broad agreement Alexis Sanchez has not been the same player since he joined Manchester United, Actually, this is slightly inaccurate. Sanchez has not been the same player for longer than that. The more I watch him in a Manchester United shirt, the more convinced I am his poor final year at Arsenal was not due to a declining team or loss of motivation as he prepared to leave.”
Carragher added, “Sanchez’s best years have gone. He is to Manchester United what Fernando Torres was to Chelsea. The warning signs should have been clearer to Manchester United when they pursued Sanchez. The forward they signed had made 667 senior appearances for club and country before his 29th birthday. By any standards, that is a massive number.
Copa America, Confederations Cup, and World Cup commitments have stopped Sanchez enjoying a summer break throughout his career. The reports coming out of Arsenal during the final months of Sanchez’s spell at the Emirates were uncannily similar to those I recall about Torres at Anfield, his declining contribution attributed to a general malaise at the club as Arsene Wenger’s reign came to an end.”
I think that Sanchez is still a great player but he is finding it very hard to adapt to Jose Mourinho’s style of play and Jamie Carragher may be a bit too harsh on him. There is still quality in Sanchez but he must be able to express himself a little more rather than look disappointed in playing on the football pitch.