Alexis Sanchez’s tenure at Manchester United has been described as painful by many. Close to a year after being signed from Arsenal on a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way, perhaps the only positive feeling surrounding the Chilean is the hype that fueled his arrival.
Freed from the shackles of Jose Mourinho, it is being hoped that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking style will amend the forward’s form.
In numbers, Sanchez has notched two assists to match-winning goals, both to Romelu Lukaku – one as a substitute against Newcastle, the other during his limited stint against Reading in the FA Cup.
However, when it comes to overall playing style, the former Barcelona and Arsenal player is still uninspiring in his form. More spells under the Norwegian gaffer may alter that, unless he is offered an escape route.
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The weekly sum that Sanchez makes is even higher than the cost of entire squads of some of the lesser English teams that squared up against Premier League giants in the FA Cup over the weekend.
If Sanchez is willing to bid farewell to his massive paycheck, then the Spanish stints could certainly do him good. Further, it would free up that important spot in United’s lineup that has arguably been provided to him only by virtue of his wages and the no.7 jersey he has been assigned.
However, dealing with him will be paramount to United’s short-term future. If he finds the right form under Solskjaer, a few more years could be added to his Old Trafford stay. But if somber sights continue, even a January loan move away may not be easily ruled out.