“Lost Boy”: Will Sanchez become United’s giant flop?
Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in January. Meanwhile, however, the striker, who was once also traded with FC Bayern, is in danger of flopping all along the line.
Basically, it was not a new situation for Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean goalscorer retired from the round of 16 in the Champions League, just like in the previous seasons. After a 2-1 draw against Sevilla FC. However, there were two differences this time: Sanchez played for Manchester United instead of Arsenal. And he completely disappeared instead of being of help to his team.
While the Chilean goalscorer was still regarded by the “Gunners” as a solo entertainer, after the exchange deal with Henrikh Mhkitaryan in January he is at best a follower of the “Red Devils”.
No wonder that criticism of the 29-year-old is growing, as he earns £600,000 a week. That is 150 million euros for four years. A sum that FC Bayern did not want to pay him in the summer of 2017. Luckily, they think to themselves now probably with the German record champion.
In ten games, Sanchez scored just one goal for Jose Mourinho’s side. He fired 16 shots, seven of them on goal and was only on the bench against Brighton in the FA Cup. I wonder if Mourinho has already lost his patience.
The Daily Mail reports far greater problems. Sanchez gives up an unhappy, isolated figure within the team and often eats alone in the club canteen, the paper writes.
“He looks like someone who doesn’t necessarily want to be here,” an anonymous United source quotes: “The whole thing doesn’t seem right, and he looks like a lost boy. Same as Angel Di Maria.”
The Argentinian was the last prominent South American who could neither integrate nor assert himself at United. He joined the Red Devils after the 2014 World Cup for 75 million euros – only to flee to Paris Saint-Germain a year later.
Mourinho already admitted grudgingly that you don’t see “the best Sanchez” right now and that this “extremely talented footballer” could only deliver “new magic moments” for United in the coming season when he has arrived completely.
Sanchez was also self-critical: “Since I am demanding, I expected something better.”
Manchester striker legend Andy Cole took Chilean side: “Alexis Sanchez is a fantastic player. Sometimes I think if you want too much, too much, it can work against you.” And added, “I’m sure he’ll find his form.”
Otherwise the same fate as Di Maria threatens him.