Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean is a need not a want for Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez is the hottest name in the Premier League right now.

It had been the long-time assumption that the Chilean forward was to reunite with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but things took a turn when United’s interest became apparent.

United are now set to sign the 29-year-old, a coup of a January signing.


Natural Interest

Alexis Sanchez has been among the very best footballers in English football since he joined Arsenal from Barcelona for £31.7m in 2014, often compared to Eden Hazard since as the two go head-to-head for the throne of the Premier League’s best.

Any club worth their salt would be interested in signing such a talented and proven forward. Bayern, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, United and more have all had interest reported.

He’s played in what is a poor Arsenal side for many a year now, you feel he deserves to play with better plays and win trophies again, like he did at Barcelona, where he won everything but the Champions League (they won it the season before they signed him).


Why do Man Utd NEED Alexis Sanchez?

Manchester United have long lacked a central figure in the form of a winger. Angel Di Maria, was going to be that man but that didn’t quite work out.

Martial and Rashford are not natural wingers and with their age comes expected inconsistency. Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are arguably best when played centrally, though to be fair to Juan, he’s really stepped up for United when required.

Alexis Sanchez, however, offers United everything they could ask for in a match-winning wide player. The Chilean is versatile, pretty much able to play in any of the forward positions.

I expect Jose Mourinho to utilise Alexis Sanchez mostly on the right hand side, allowing Martial/Rashford to continue to rotate on the left as they have done this season.


Written by Jordan Hackett

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