Not the same guy

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: A Dejected Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on April 15, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

Let’s take a quick look at Sanchez’s last game against Wolves. By the time Sanchez was withdrawn in the 63rd minute of United’s that game we had borne witness to another one of the all too familiar ineffective Sanchez performances. Lots of touches on the ball (51 – the most of any attacker on the field) in areas devoid of danger, one shot on target and two key passes. It would be crude to relegate the evaluation of Sanchez to three basic statistical points but no matter how shallow or deep we delve into his performances one fact remains – Alexis Sanchez is not playing well.

Where has it all gone wrong? At 29 years old it’s too early to write off Alexis downturn in performances to father time. The truth is Sanchez problems are much easier to diagnose. It’s simple reason – playing this role in this Mourinho system and philosophy was always destined to gel together as well as oil and water. The writing was at the wall with Arsenal if we choose to analyse football with a bit more nuance than “He was great at Arsenal and sucks at Manchester United haha”.