5 selection dilemmas for Jose Mourinho after the January Transfer Window
Alexis Sanchez's arrival brings in a whole new set of questions for Jose Mourinho.
Amid the fanfare surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Manchester United, his start has been mediocre for the Red Devils. The loss to Tottenham was a far cry away from the brilliant football that the team played in the month of January. On a cold night at Wembley, two major defensive blunders by Phil Jones meant that the Spurs took a good two-goal advantage over Mourinho’s men.
After being defeated clinically in the clash at Spurs, Mourinho faces a busy February in which his team will face Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. They will then compete against Chelsea on February 25 as another clash against one of the top six team awaits Mourinho.
In the midst of this, Huddersfield Town will challenge Manchester United in the fifth leg of the FA Cup. Overall, this month will largely determine how the season pans out for United.
So, what is the dilemma that Jose has to deal with now?
#5 Sanchez has his own limitations
It is true to say that Alexis Sanchez has played in a wide range of positions in his playing career. He is deemed as a player who can feature in all four attacking positions. However, the Chilean is no superhuman and has his own drawbacks too.
While it is true that Sanchez can play on the right wing, he has hardly ever looked comfortable playing over there. He is a right-footed player and possesses good playmaking skills. He looks to create chances from cramped positions and relies on his stronger right foot to carry the ball ahead.
Even though Sanchez has experience of playing on the right flank from his time at FC Barcelona, the Chilean has hardly featured over there since then. It is highly unlikely that Jose will play him in an unfamiliar position so early on in his United career.
Also, if we go through the three games that Sanchez has played in the United shirt so far, he hardly wanders away from the left flank. The former Arsenal man can play behind the striker too, but that again denies him space to weave his skills on the ball.
He has the ability to take the ball away from crowded areas, but the opposition tends to foul him regularly and this would mean that Sanchez would not get the free run that he usually gets while playing on the left flank.
The Chilean looks set to play as the left-winger for quite some time now and Jose has to deal with this situation delicately.