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Is Alexis Sanchez the worst Man United signing in the post-Fergie era?

The Chilean forward is a pale imitation of his former self just when he should be hitting his peak

Will the real Alexis Sanchez please stand up?

Because the Chilean is currently a pathetic, pale imitation of the player who once took to the Premier League like a duck to water.

The worry for Man United fans is this might now be the real Sanchez; a man horribly past his best just six months into an extraordinarily lucrative contract.


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Alexis Sanchez takes home a massive £505,000 per week

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Alexis Sanchez takes home a massive £505,000 per week

Sanchez has now gone 831 minutes without a goal after scoring just twice in the league since his acrimonious move to Old Trafford.

At the end of January he was the hottest property in the division with the two most successful managers of this generation vying for his signature.

Six months on City will more than feel like they’ve dodged a bullet.

The Brazilian admits hes keen to link up with Pep Guardiola

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Slice of luck for Pep

A regular sight

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A regular sight

All things considered, with the paramount factor being he’s still the highest paid player in the Premier League, Sanchez is fast becoming a contender for worst United signing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Angel Di Maria certainly rivals him but the Argentine doesn’t possess the same languid, hands-on-hips style apathy that Sanchez seems to week in week out at the moment.

Memphis Depay too was a massive disappointment but his inexperience in the toughest league in the world is an excuse.

Angel Di Maria never settled at United and quit after one season

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Angel Di Maria never settled at United and quit after one season

Because Sanchez had all the credentials to be a roaring success. He should still be.

Unlike Di Maria and Depay, the forward was more than familiar with Premier League life and demands.

He was Arsenal’s talisman and flag bearer throughout the thick and thin, dragging them out of countless sticky situations as Arsene Wenger’s go-to man.

Sanchez left his good form in north London

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Sanchez left his good form in north London

Now he just looks lost in a United system that still appears like its missing several crucial cogs despite the extent of Jose Mourinho’s expenditure.

He also had the luxury of a football-free summer with Chile’s World Cup absence, with many tipping him to shine after plenty of rest and a full pre-season.

Constant struggle

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Constant struggle

Yet Sanchez remains almost a constant, keeping fan favourites Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out of the starting line up.

The Chilean has always been one to concede possession regularly, but now that his end product has deserted him too his entire game is collapsing before his eyes.

Turning 30 in December, Sanchez should be in his pomp.

He’ll be the wrong side of 30 in December

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He’ll be the wrong side of 30 in December

Instead he looks exhausted and bereft of ideas.

So what’s the solution? Find a new formation? Drop him altogether? Confiscate one of his dogs?

Sanchez’s biggest contribution to United so far is his unforgettable piano announcement, but they’ve struggled to get a tune out of him since.


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