Why Alexis Sánchez can lead Manchester United to the Premier League title next season
Now that Alexis Sánchez has played three games, Manchester United fans are well aware of what the Chilean international can bring to their team.
Picking up two Man of the Match awards, Sánchez has been a shining light since his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup and is likely to reach new heights with the more time he has to form relationships with other teammates.
Signing Sánchez on a swap-deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been Manchester United’s best transfer business since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Arsenal star is a winner and one that can take the Red Devils forward - it is evident to see that he wants to play every minute of every game and gives no less than 100%.
It is reported that Sánchez has decided to stay after the mandatory training sessions at United, in order to practice on his own and make sure he is up to speed to make an impact come the weekend. Sánchez’s diligence and work ethic is second to none and is a great role model for the younger players at United.
As he has already shown, the Chilean international can play across the front three and pose an attacking threat from all areas on the pitch. It is incredibly difficult to stop Sánchez in his tracks, as Huddersfield found out last week when resorting to fouling him seven times over the 90 minutes.
There has been mild criticism of him over losing possession a record number of times in a Premier League match, but there is a wider context to be mentioned with that. Sánchez is a risk taker and a player who is likely to create something extraordinary from nothing.
With that, not everything comes off. It would be supernatural to deliver the impossible time and time again. The Red Devils have needed more risk takers and players who are willing to try something different - a variance in their attacking output is crucial, otherwise the attacks are far too predictable and easily thwarted.
Sánchez is likely to lose the ball throughout the game, but he is also more than likely to try harder than any player on the pitch to regain possession and launch another attack.
What is so good about Sánchez’s arrival is the fact that his energy, work rate and sheer passion for the game is infectious. Man United may be out of the Premier League hunt, but they can still challenge in the Champions League and FA Cup. There is still plenty to play for.
One of the Chilean’s best qualities is his unpredictability. Not knowing whether he is going to beat you one-on-one by going down the line or cutting inside causes unease throughout defences. His attacking prowess is much needed at Manchester United and provides the team with another source of goals.
The longer-term aspirations of the club will be to close the gap on their across-town rivals Manchester City and win a Premier League title under Mourinho.
With Sánchez in the team, throughout his peak years, there is no reason why he cannot lead them to a title. There needs to be quality around the Chilean, but Mourinho has made the right steps in compiling a world class team that can battle on all fronts.
Sánchez was the rightful heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and should have been signed before he went to Barcelona from Udinese. It is a shame that Manchester United have only got him now, but the Chilean is forever hungry for success and will want to keep on bettering himself.
Mourinho needs to urge the board to bring in a few more players, especially in midfield and defence, but Sánchez should be the missing piece to United’s attacking puzzle.