Does Alexis Sanchez have a Manchester United future?
With the transfer deadline soon approaching and the uncertainty of new signings, it is time to examine another uncertainty; Alexis Sanchez. We need to see whether there is a future for him at the club and a use for him in United’s squad this season.
Alexis Sanchez has mostly been forgotten about by the majority of United fans due to his injury for Chile in the Copa America, which had ruled him out for all of our pre-season games. It is safe to say that Sanchez’s United career hasn’t gone to plan, since he joined in January of 2018, but what does he still have a future at United or should he revive his career elsewhere.
Last season, the Chilean number 7 had a extremely disappointing season, only getting one goal and three assists in the league. This is not sort of output you’d expect from a player of Alexis Sanchez’s ability and status. And with the forward now reaching the Twilight of his career, at the age of 30, it seems like his numbers will only decline as more time passes. Furthermore, with Solskjaer’s new look United, preferring young forwards like Rashford, Martial and Greenwood, is there any room for him in the squad?
However, Sanchez still has positives to his game that could be utilised by Manchester United if Solskjaer can bring the out of him.
Alexis Sanchez’s main strengths are his attacking ability and his awareness in the final third. Furthermore, his ability to link up play and create chances with through balls, his dribbling ability, his finishing in front of goal and his pressing and defensive contribution from the front could all prove valuable assets to the team. If Solskjaer is somehow able to get Sanchez to anywhere like the player he used to be, he could be a formidable member of the United squad this season.