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When the 2018/19 season rolled around the stage was set for Sanchez to shake off the troubles that had beset him in his first campaign, however the new season started where the previous one had left off, with him showing flashes of his ability while for the most part being ineffective. Although it’s true that injuries hampered his progress, Sanchez was fit for most of Solskjaer’s miraculous run of early results and it’s telling that he didn’t score in any of those Premier League games. United’s season ground to a halt amid rumours of an unsettled dressing room, with one of the supposed issues being Sanchez’s £26 million salary, which his performances simply do not justify. The fans had seen enough and wanted him out as the stats don’t lie, in fact many thought that he was in danger of being hit with another fraud charge, this time for falsely claiming to be a world class footballer.
Here’s a look at Sanchez’s goal per game ratio whilst playing in Europe:
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Reputations mean nothing at Manchester United. If you’re picked to play, you do the job that the manager asks of you, and if you do it well you might get picked again next week, which goes for anyone at the club whether you’re an international superstar or an academy graduate making your first appearance. With the Chilean national team, your reputation (or at least that of Sanchez) means everything. Despite the poor form and niggling injuries which have dogged his United career, as the most capped player and highest goalscorer in Chile’s history he’s the first name on Reinaldo Rueda’s team sheet, because in Chile Alexis Sanchez has an almost god-like status.