What will Alexis Sanchez bring to Manchester United?
Experience. Goals. His dogs. No transfer fee. It is a mesmeric signing from the 20 times champions.
But, regardless of what he brings, I’m sure Manchester United fans and Jose Mourinho himself are just in hysterics that they have managed to snatch another Arsenal hero, whilst once again leaving Manchester City embarrassed that their long term target has chosen red over blue, it is quite an incredible saga.
But what does Alexis Sanchez bring to Old Trafford? Can the Chilean bring the league title back to the red side of Manchester in years to come? Who knows; perhaps even this campaign… its asking a lot though.
Simple. Sanchez has scored 80 goals in his three and a half seasons under Arsene Wenger in a team that has definitely underperformed both domestically and on the continental stage. Sanchez has often carried this Arsenal side, and he was vital in winning two FA Cups during his time there with his importance in finding the net. Take that into account and consider that Romelu Lukaku has often struggled to find the goal, Marcus Rashford cant even get in the team and Jesse Lingard is their current star man with the goals it’s a given that Alexis Sanchez will bring goals and goals and goals for other players.
What makes Alexis Sanchez a great in today’s footballing world is not just his goalscoring ability, but his versatility on the pitch to match. Deployed usually as left winger for Arsenal, played on the right for Barcelona, often a central striker in the absence of Giroud at Arsenal, and sometimes even a playmaker just behind the number nine when called upon. Essentially, Sanchez is a one of a kind in which he can play as a seven, 11, 10 and a nine. Ther are not many in world football who can do that.
This will bring Mourinho much needed versatility up top. It will give the United boss a selection dilemma, but a healthy one at that, and Sanchez can play in either position up top. Chances are with Romelu Lukaku as the main centre forward, and the form of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, that he will play as a left or right sided winger, but he can very easily transition into a central striker in the absence of Lukaku, or play behind the Belgium, allowing more creativity for the striker. Sanchez will offer Mourinho much more going forward and can bring assists, goals and unrivalled work rate up top.
One of Manchester United’s main problems in chasing their neighbours is creativity. They are 12 points behind City because Mourinho’s men have had to many draws, some often goalless. And with Lukaku in an out of form, in need for creative players behind him and Marcus Rashford at a period of inconsistency, Mourinho has taken significant strides towards catching Manchester City with what Alexis Sanchez will bring in the creativity and goalscoring department combined with his unique versatility.
Romelu Lukaku will improve
As mentioned; Romelu Lukaku would most likely be the man who keeps his place as a central striker with the arrival of the Chilean, as Alexis Sanchez’s work rate on and off the ball will allow Lukaku to not have to drop so deep, giving the Belgium freedom to run off the ball, as he did so effectively at Everton. What Manchester United have been crying out for is a out and out number 10, who can shift about, create, and allow the big man up top to stay up top and do what he does best – finish from the creativity behind him.
Paul Pogba could well be that man and play behind the striker, but he is deployed deeper and often in a box to box role, which has left a big gap in Manchester United’s play behind the striker, and Lukaku has been begging for creativity behind. Sanchez brings that to Manchester United, he’ll be the one who can stay in that position, even coming in from the wings and give Romelu Lukaku more chances to score. It could well ignite a brilliant partnership, and the Belgium may start a goalscoring form that justifies his £75m price tag after all.
At last, a powerful and tenacious winger at Old Trafford
Manchester United never replaced Cristiano Ronaldo, obviously. Of course they was never going to bring in a player of equal quality, but since the Portuguese superstar left in 2009, Manchester United have been hoping for someone with similar style of play on the wings – that powerful, fast, tenacious style combined with a league-winning goalscoring record. Luis Nani was meant to be that man, but could never find a consistent vain of form. Ashley Young was brought in as more of a ‘David Beckham’ type winger, to cross the ball into the box and Memphis Depay never worked out, so nobody else has filled that void in the Manchester United team, until now.
Alexis Sanchez is so powerful, so explosive in his play, very similar to that of the ex Man United man Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, Sanchez wont be as spectacular as the five time Ballon D’or winner, but he brings that style of play. The Chilean is the type of player who can beat four players and score, bag a free kick, cut inside and smash one in the back of the net in ultimate, explosive style and even get into the box and head home a goal despite his notable small stature.
Alexis Sanchez is finally the man that can fill that gap that has been missing since Cristiano Ronaldo left almost 10 years ago. Sanchez also brings that pit bull like approach to United, that tenacious, ruthless South American style of play, similar to what Carlos Tevez brought years ago. Sanchez does not stop working, he beats players to every ball, he gets ahead of his man through pure power and strength. The Chilean is not a tall man at 5ft 6”, but he wins headers because he wants to, while scoring a few as well, and at his height, that is quite phenomenal.
This could well be Manchester United’s best signing since Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009; it is definitely the most important in terms of immediate impact since they stole the previous Arsenal hero Robin Van Persie. Becoming a bit of a routine this.