Manchester United are not having their best of campaigns in Jose Mourinho’s third season in charge and have now suffered yet another massive blow following an injury setback of star attacker Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean just started seven games so far this campaign but is now set to be sidelined for weeks suffering a hamstring strain.
Speaking to the press today, Jose Mourinho confirmed the injury and was not confident of the attacker’s chances of featuring again before the new year.
“The first thing I can say is that in every club, when a player is not playing it is a simple manager’s decision.”
Sanchez missed out on a place in their Tuesday night Champions League victory over Young Boys but was expected to step up in upcoming weeks during the festive period with congestion of fixtures.
Mourinho’s side are to travel to the south coast to take on Southampton in their next match before they host Arsenal and Fulham in the space of three days next week.
In recent weeks, especially after Lukaku’s dip in form and minor injury, Alexis started to feature in Mourinho’s team more as the focal point of attack with Rashford and Martial on the flanks assisting him. Sanchez was beginning to redeem his old self in the new central role just at the nick of time but unfortunately got himself injured again, which may prove to be a decisive factor regarding his future at Manchester United.
A high-profile winter move last season from Arsenal saw him struggling to settle in new surroundings. Sanchez has scored only once so far this term and lost his place in Mourinho’s starting XI in the aftermath of a dreadful display in early weeks. The 29-year-old was reportedly unsettled with life in Manchester and might now seek a move out to regain his reputation.
The form of Anthony Martial saw Sanchez losing his place down the left wing. The Frenchman has scored six goals since the start of October and clearly been the most influential name in an underperforming squad.
Alexis, meanwhile, has managed just four goals in 30 appearances for the Red Devils, after netting 80 times in 166 in Gunners’ colours.
With Lukaku suffering from a minor muscle injury and also lacking goals upfront, Manchester United depended on Martial and Rashford for goals, and a rejuvenated Sanchez could just have been the answer for Jose and Manutd.