Dimitar Berbatov explains why Alexis Sanchez is struggling at Manchester United

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When Alexis Sanchez swapped Arsenal for Manchester United just over a year ago, it appeared to be a move made in heaven.

However, that is proving to be far from the case.

After bagging 80 goals for the North London side over three-and-a-half seasons, Sanchez was tipped to cause more havoc in the Premier League with Man United.


Fast forward a year though and the Chilean has only found the net five times for his current side, failing to live up to his reported £35million price tag.

Injuries have impacted his first full season at the club but his recent performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been lacklustre, including Tuesday’s defeat to PSG.


And when he has been fit, Sanchez takes a regular role as a substitute.

In fact, the 30-year-old hasn’t played a full 90 minutes for United since August.

But what is the reason behind Sanchez’s difficult time at Old Trafford?

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Well, one man who thinks he knows the answer is former United forward Dimitar Berbatov, saying via the Manchester Evening News: “Sanchez looks a bit lost on the pitch right now.

"He’s almost trying too hard and over-complicating things, which is then leading to more mistakes.

"He’s been at the club for a while now and people will think he should have adapted to the team more – that’s what training sessions are for.

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"Sanchez needs game time to find his rhythm but when Rashford and Martial are fit, they play, so it’s difficult for him.

"If he continues to over-complicate things, it’s not going to work out."

Berbatov definitely knows a thing or two about impressing in Man United colours.

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Over three-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford, the Bulgarian bagged 56 goals in 149 appearances and helped United to two Premier League titles.

He also won the golden boot in 2011 after netting 20 times.

Man United turn their attentions back to the FA Cup on Monday night when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

And despite the absence of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, Berbatov feels Sanchez should maintain his place on the bench with Romelu Lukaku receiving the nod instead, saying: I’m sure that Lukaku will get a chance now and he will use the opportunity to press his case for a regular first team slot."

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