What Ian Wright said about Alexis Sanchez giving the ball away 31 times v Yeovil

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All eyes were on Alexis Sanchez last night as the Chilean made his highly-anticipated debut for Manchester United.

Sanchez was named in the starting line-up for United’s FA Cup fourth round contest against Yeovil Town and it’s fair to say he didn’t disappoint.

The 29-year-old creates six chances, the same number as every other United player combined.

Two of those chances created resulted in goals for Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera as the Red Devils cruised to a 4-0 win.

Unsurprisingly, Jose Mourinho was impressed.

“I'm very happy with Alexis, his performance was no surprise to anyone,” Mourinho said, per the Mail.

“He has been with us for only three days, but he is an amazing addition. He needed to play, but he wasn't ready for 90 minutes and I was thinking maybe 60 or 65.

“He will get better the more time he gets to understand his players and they can understand him.”

Sanchez gave the ball away 31 times

Tougher tests await for Sanchez but early signs are positive.

One area that Sanchez will look to improve upon is his ability to keep the ball. Per BBC Sport, he lost the ball 31 times against Yeovil, a figure that becomes even more staggering when you realise he was subbed off after 72 minutes.

Ian Wright made a great point 

There were many stray passes, particularly in the first half, but BBC Sport pundit Ian Wright made a very valid point about Sanchez’s profligacy.

Yeovil Town v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

Wright noted that Sanchez often gives the ball when he’s attempting difficult passes into tight areas. Passes that, if they come off, can unlock an opponent’s defence.

“It doesn’t make a difference if he’s playing against Yeovil or someone in the Premier League; he plays how he plays,” Wright said.

“He plays one way, he tries to attack teams.

“He does give the ball away a lot simply because he tries passes into areas that are going to open teams up when they do get there.

“Sometimes they don’t work but I think everything he did today, getting the ball forward for Man United, was pretty much top quality.”

Man United will be able to put up with Sanchez giving the ball away often if he’s still creating good chances and scoring goals.


Ian Wright
Manchester United
Premier League
Yeovil Town
Alexis Sanchez
FA Cup
Jose Mourinho

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