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How many times Alexis Sanchez has given the ball away since joining Man Utd

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Alexis Sanchez's woes at Manchester United reached new lows on Tuesday night as they crashed out of the Champions League to Sevilla in the last 16.

United were nothing short of abysmal, conceding two quick-fire goals from Wissam Ben Yedder late on and eventually slumping to a 2-1 defeat.

It means that, realistically, the Red Devils can only win the FA Cup this season, which isn't quite what Sanchez had in mind when he swapped north London for Manchester in January.

Not that the Chilean has really helped. In six Premier League games and two Champions League games, he's scored one goal and assisted zero.

He's been so poor, in fact, that Paul Scholes has called for Jose Mourinho to drop Sanchez and use Marcus Rashford instead following the youngster's brace against Liverpool.

"We found it strange after Saturday. He played up the right side to bring Sanchez into his best position," Scholes told BT Sport.

"I think Marcus' best position is on the left side. He (Sanchez) gave the ball away so many times.

"Surely your manager has to say, 'You've had 10 games now.' The last four or five games he's not been good

"I think he (Mourinho) has to choose his best front three and be brave enough to leave one out. At the minute Sanchez has to be left out."

Manchester United v Sevilla FC  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Scholes highlighted how many times Sanchez lost possession against Sevilla and according to football statisticians, the Chilean actually gave away the ball on 42 occasions. Wow.

However, an even more damning statistic has now emerged. Since Sanchez joined United, he has lost the ball 247 times - over 100 more than second-placed Ashley Young (143).

Terrible indeed. Sanchez was renowned at Arsenal for losing the ball a lot, but he was also renowned for producing moments of magic when things went right.

That hasn't been the case at United, though, and with every passing week questions are being asked of whether he's really worth £500,000-per-week wages.

Mourinho blames Sanchez's form on the fact he joined United in January, which is historically a tough time for players to readjust at new clubs admittedly.

But when you're earning as much money as the Chile international, it shouldn't take two months to adapt your style of play.

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Premier League
Emotional-Angry
Alexis Sanchez
Paul Scholes
Manchester United
Jose Mourinho
Arsenal
Football
UEFA Champions League

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