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Where will Alexis Sanchez play for Manchester United?

A look at the roles that the ex-Arsenal player could play for Jose Mourinho's side.

Feature 23 Jan 2018, 08:03 IST

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Manchester United announced the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal on Monday night.

Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in a straight swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal. The new No. 7 of the club is the first Chilean footballer to play for them.

We take a look at where Sanchez could be plying his trade in the Manchester United team with a plethora of attacking players to choose from for Jose Mourinho. 

#5 On the left wing

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Left wing is his preferred position

Sanchez played mostly on the left wing while he was at Arsenal. His natural tendency to cut back on his stronger right foot makes him a very dangerous proposition to defend against due to his tremendous shooting ability.

With United's Luke Shaw starting to gain vital form, it will be exciting to see an explosive duo of Shaw and Sanchez bursting down the left flank and splitting defences apart. In Sanchez, United have acquired a player who is comfortable to play on the byline. Combined with the overlapping runs from Shaw, United will enjoy a lot of chance creation from the left side of the field.

Such a formation would mean that either Martial or Rashford would be shifted to the right wing in order to incorporate Sanchez’s strengths in United's game. A 4-2-3-1 with Lukaku upfront, Sanchez on the left wing and Martial/Rashford on the right wing leaving Mata or Lingard in the No. 10 role will be the way to go. It will quite certainly be a very pacey and formidable attack.

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