Saturday, January 23, 2021

Manchester United manager worried about his player

With the Champions League clash with PSG on the horizon, Solskjaer needs everyone to push in the same direction if Manchester United are to claw back the deficit.

“You know that bottle of ketchup that you squeeze yet nothing comes out…
But when it suddenly comes… there is loads!”
This is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to say about Sanchez’s form. The Chilean, since his arrival from London, has failed to impress at Manchester United. But injuries to Martial and Lingard meant that he would enjoy an extended run in the playing 11. However, this is not the case as seen in the game against Southampton.

Sanchez doubtful for the PSG game

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has raised concerns that Alexis Sanchez’s fitness post his injury during the weekend. The 30-year-old may not be available to face Arsenal or Paris Saint-Germain in the coming week due to a suspected knee ligament issue. “We don’t know yet,” said Solskjaer when asked about Sanchez’s condition. “He got a knock on his knee. It might be his ligaments. We’ll do the scan tomorrow. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad but we won’t know until we’ve done the scans. Of course, we’ll have to wait until then.”

Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United is forced to leave the pitch with an injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford.

The curse of the United No.7

Alexis Sanchez’s United career has been largely unimpressive, to say the least. Largely confined to the bench, fans and pundits wonder if he is past his best. There’s an argument that Sanchez is a type of player who just doesn’t fit into the current United system. And there is also a concern that the Chilean and Paul Pogba seem to operate in similar areas of the pitch, hampering each other’s game.

Weirdly enough, Sanchez has been putting up fairly impressive numbers for the Mancunians. His current xA of 0.38 (this season) is the best throughout his career and only behind Pogba in the United side. Even the Key Passes per 90 serves a good reading at 2.27, topping the charts among his teammates. But he’s the only player among the top 10 who hasn’t racked up 1000 minutes which might explain the situation with his output.

Manchester United
Source: Understat

Author’s Take

Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United career is a ticking time bomb. With players like Martial and Rashford impressing, his place in the playing 11 is far from being guranteed. And injuries like this only hamper his chances of impressing the United hierarchy who pay him a gracious £350,000 a week. If performances don’t come anytime soon, the Red Devils might well be looking for a successor to the famed No.7 shirt. The “Ketchup” better flow now on the Old Trafford plate.

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