Manchester United fans could hardly have been more excited when their club announced the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal back in January.
The tweet that United posted to announce the move - you know, the one of Sanchez playing the piano before walking on the Old Trafford pitch - went super viral as fans celebrated signing Arsenal’s best player, six years after the acquisition of Robin van Persie.
What made the signing even sweeter for United fans was that they’d manage to prevent Sanchez from signing for Manchester City. Until mid-January the Etihad Stadium appeared to be the Chile international’s most likely destination.
The 29-year-old was signed by Jose Mourinho to make the difference in the biggest matches, both domestically and in Europe.
However, 10 matches into his United career and Sanchez, it’s fair to say, has struggled more than any of us could have predicted two months ago.
The South American has managed to score just one goal so far - and that was a rebounded penalty against Huddersfield after his initial spot-kick was saved - and failed to prevent United from exiting the Champions League at the hands of Sevilla in midweek.
Sanchez has struggled to shine in Mourinho’s system and, in truth, has looked a shadow of his normal self at Old Trafford.
Shearer says what many fans are thinking about Sanchez
The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer has summed up Sanchez’s United from perfectly in his latest column for the bookmaker Coral.
“They signed Alexis Sanchez and it looks like they have got his twin brother,” Shearer wrote.
While that might sound a little harsh, it’s hardly an unreasonable assessment to make. Sanchez has been awful.
“He looks like the lost little boy,” Shearer added. “It is the coach’s job to get the best out of the players.”
Sanchez has to take responsibility for his performances
It is the coach’s job to get the best out of his players but we shouldn’t pin all of the blame on Mourinho for Sanchez’s underwhelming displays.
Players need to take their fair share of responsibility and Mourinho can’t improve the decisions that Sanchez makes during matches.
Even though it’s still very early days in his United career, the club’s new No. 7 has failed to justify his astronomical wages so far.
Will the real Alexis Sanchez please stand up.
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