It’s been one year since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Manchester United - and it’s been a pretty disastrous 365 days.
United managed to convince the Chilean to snub Pep Guardiola and Manchester City by handing him a £500,000-per-week contract.
But Sanchez hasn’t done anywhere near enough to earn that kind of money.
The 30-year-old has scored just four times in 32 games for the Red Devils and is in real danger of going down as one of the biggest flops in Premier League history.
But it seems Alexis is still working hard behind-the-scenes to be a success.
That’s according to Manchester Evening News journalist Ciaran Kelly anyway.
On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to explain how Sanchez is continuing to “impress” his teammates.
“Alexis Sanchez still impressing his team-mates in training, whether it's his free-kicks or his work in the gym. But, a year on from *that* unveiling video, issue remains stepping up in games. Returns to the Emirates for first time on Friday and could play against Arsenal. #mufc,” Kelly tweeted.
Sanchez’s return to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round could be very interesting indeed.
The forward is just returning from an injury layoff and was an unused substitute for United’s 2-1 win against Brighton last weekend.
And interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hired that he will play against his former side on Friday.
"He's obviously not 100 per cent match fit," Solskjaer admitted.
"Because he's been out for quite a while. But possibly he'll be in the team in the FA Cup next week."
And Sanchez himself sounded a lot more positive about life at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
"The players are the same with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they were with Mourinho," Sanchez said.
"But now we are having more success in attack and we are defending better. The fact he has so much history with this club opens the way a lot when he speaks.
"His philosophy is to touch the ball a lot, to control the game and to score goals. You can tell that his position on the field as a player was as a forward, but he still wants us to take good care of our penalty area too.
"That's the way you get better results. The only thing the manager told us was that we could improve the situation ourselves. He said that everything depended on us and it was in our own hands to climb the table.
"In the end, results in football make the difference and so we are happier than we were before.
"It's not only on the pitch. In the stands, I see an even better atmosphere at Old Trafford. The fans trust us more and that's very positive for everyone. It helps you to keep on improving."
WIth a lot of hard work and the right attitude, Sanchez could still turn his United career around.News Now - Sport News