It’s been a while since Alexis Sanchez’s much-anticipated transfer to Manchester United but things haven’t shaped that way everybody would have hoped.
The Chilean international was United’s only buy in the January transfer window as Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in a straight swap deal. Sanchez had been the subject of interest from Manchester City as gaffer Pep Guardiola wanted him to be a part of his ensemble cast at the Etihad Stadium. But Sanchez chose to join the other part of Manchester as United offered a more lucrative pay packet.
Sanchez’s arrival created a glimmer of hope for the Manchester United supporters as the 29-year-old is currently regarded among the top hardworking footballers in the world right now. But things have been very different since he arrived at the Old Trafford.
In six starts in the Premier League, he has found the net only once which has created a sense of dilemma among the side. He has been tried on a number of positions including his favourable left flank but Jose Mourinho is yet to bring the best out from the former Barcelona attacker.
Sanchez’s form could be a boon in disguise for both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford whose future seemed to be in danger following the Chilean’s arrival at the Old Trafford. But both the players have added great flair and depth to the attack in the last few matches which have created a selection headache for the United boss.
Rashford singlehandedly demolished Liverpool as United went on to thrash their archrivals 2-1 in a closely contested match in the Premier League.
Both Rashford and Martial are not conventional wingers but Mourinho has assigned themselves on the left side of the attack and the results have been pretty satisfying. Rather than crossing the ball, they love to cut back in from the flanks to involve in more centrally.
Martial has been on song this season and is on the course to register his best figure for the Red Devils since his move from Monaco while Rashford has embraced the opportunity by giving a thumping performance against Liverpool.
There have been plenty of debates regarding Sanchez’s ideal position. He has played the most of his career on the left but he can also be effective as a centre-forward and can also ply his trade from the opposite wing.
But given his quality, he likes to take on the opponent so it would be better for him to reinstate him in a slightly deeper position. With Mourinho using 4-3-3 off late, it should give the team the much-needed thrust while going forward but for the time being Martial and Rashford seem to be a bit ahead of him when it comes to getting the nod.