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Premier League 2018-19: Why Gareth Bale will be an excellent upgrade for Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United

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Gareth Bale in action against Barcelona in Copa del Rey semifinal.
Gareth Bale in action against Barcelona in Copa del Rey semifinal.

Alexis Sanchez's days at Manchester United look numbered. Following Jose Mourinho's departure, Sanchez has still been unable to replicate his glorious run from Arsenal at Old Trafford.

This season, the Chilean has only been able to produce two goals for Manchester United in all competitions.

It is no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperate for a reliable winger while Sanchez's bad form has continued. Solskjaer now tends to heavily rotate between Mata, Lingard, Martial and Sanchez for a wide position in Premier League games. The coach even refused to position a winger in United's latest match against Leicester, placing Sanchez and Rashford as strikers.

A recent report suggests that United are tracking Gareth Bale's situation at Real Madrid. The Welshman has endured a mixed run of form recently and is gradually being overshadowed by the emergence of Vinicius Junior in Real Madrid.

But while he may not be at his best, Bale could still serve as an excellent upgrade to Sanchez and solve United's winger problems, based on his abilities.

Goal-scoring abilities

This season Bale has sparkled in the Champions League, scoring 3 times in 5 appearances and helping Madrid to top their group. While his form in LaLiga has dipped compared to the previous season, Bale has still netted 5 times in 17 appearances, which is not bad for a winger.

Bale is known for his excellent long-range shots and often helps Real Madrid score from a distance when their opposition defend deep.

Link-up play

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Bale has put together great passing statistics this season. His accuracy is averaging around 82.3 percent combined in Champions League and LaLiga, while he has also been able to notch up 4 assists combined in both competitions.


Bale has also rarely got dispossessed, so he has been able to ensure smoother build-ups on an attack or counter.

On the other hand, Sanchez's passing accuracy is a bit weak, averaging 73.9 percent combined in both Champions League and the Premier League. Sanchez has got dispossessed very often, leading to frustration among his teammates.


Everybody knows that Bale is an injury-prone player. This season is no different as he still tends to pick up niggles and go missing for several days or even weeks.

He also needs to regain his consistency and improve his sharpness; his performances this season haven't been bad, but they haven't done full justice to his potential either.


Overall, Bale has had a better season at Madrid rather than Sanchez has had at United. If the Red Devils could help him improve his fitness levels, Bale will be worth the price.

Many believe that the Welshman has what it takes to be at the same level as Ronaldo. It could be a fun and yet challenging task for Solskjaer to unlock Bale's full potential if the player does indeed arrive at Old Trafford.