Manchester United should go back in for Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester United came close to signing Alexis Sanchez on two previous occasions, according to the Sunday People.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson were offered the chance to sign Sanchez when the Chile international was pulling up trees in Serie A with Udinese.

Sanchez scored 16 goals in 40 games when he returned to the Italian side after a temporary loan spell at Chilean outfit Colo-Colo and Argentine giants River Plate.

His impressive form in the 2010/11 season saw Manchester United and Barcelona go head-to-head for Sanchez, with the La Liga side winning the race as Manchester United's alleged £27million offer came in too late and below the £33million he eventually moved to the Camp Nou for.

Ferguson was also offered the chance to sign Sanchez, according to the People, when he was struggling to break into Barcelona's first team, but turned down the opportunity because he was pursuing Robin van Persie.

Sanchez, who was at his best against England on Friday, has scored seven goals in nine games for Gerardo Martino's side so far this season - as he has often been deployed on the right hand side of a three-pronged Barcelona attack.

However when Neymar is fully accustomed to life in Spain and Pedro returns to the form he showed last season then Sanchez will more than likely have to make do with a place on Barcelona's substitutes' bench.

Sanchez would surely not accept such a role, even though it may be at one of the best team's in the world.

Manchester United are in need of an established winger who can be the long-term replacement to Ryan Giggs.

Nani has tried but has often fallen short of the standard required to become a Manchester United regular, Ashley Young is moving ever closer to the Old Trafford exit door and Antonio Valencia is only comfortable operating off the right.

Sanchez, however, can play on either side, behind the main striker and even as the lone forward.

He would add a touch of flair, creativity and goals to Manchester United, something they have have been missing from players in wide areas since Cristiano Ronaldo decided to join Real Madrid.

A January move for Sanchez wouldn't make sense as he would be ineligible to play in the Champions League but David Moyes should definitely rekindle Manchester United's interest in the 24-year-old forward next summer.

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