Alexis Sanchez has flattered to deceive in his time at Manchester United and his former boss Arsene Wenger has now pointed out the reason behind the Chilean’s struggles
Manchester United completed a brilliant comeback win against Juventus last night. After going 1-0 down thanks to sumptuous finish volley from Cristiano Ronaldo, 2 goals in last 5 minutes meant that United won their toughest European fixture this season. However, who was not part of this comeback was Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. In what has become a theme of his career at United, Sanchez underperformed again despite a bright start to the game.
He moved to Old Trafford in January after impressing under Arsene Wenger. The Gunners enjoyed his services for 3-and-a-half seasons scoring a goal at least every other game. His time at United has been dour and Wenger has now pointed out the reason behind his struggles. Speaking on beIN Sports after the game, Sanchez’s former boss said:
“I believe he has lost confidence. The strength of Alexis Sanchez is to take initiative to dribble and take people on.”
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“Those are the player who are most vulnerable when they lose confidence, their game is based on that and having that feeling to take initiative, he has lost that slowly.”
“Since the start of the season, he had a high amount of physical energy but he has lost that as well.”
“Certainly he is refreshed now because Mourinho left him out for a while.”
The 29-year-old has deployed as the central forward in recent games owing to Romelu Lukaku’s injury. With the Belgian’s return fast approaching, it is high time for him to prove his worth. United have a huge game this weekend. Mourinho’s men will tackle the Manchester City juggernaut this Sunday in the season’s first Manchester Derby.
Time is running out for the Chilean. He will soon be on the wrong side of the 30s and his exorbitant wages mean an underperforming Sanchez will be sold by United without any qualms. Time off has done him some good but he still needs to improve a lot more to warrant the wages that he is earning.