A year or so ago, Manchester United fans were sent into raptures when that video of Alexis Sanchez playing a piano emerged.
Since then, the Red Devils faithful have been sent tumbling back down to reality, as that has literally as good as it got from the Chilean.
Injuries haven’t helped, while Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics certainly held Sanchez, and others back. However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in place, could this be his time to shine?
Again, Sanchez is back from spending time on the treatment table and he’s ready to play. The hunger is there due to the change in manager. It’s time for the world-class 30-year-old to prove his worth.
The start has been a positive one. Against Newcastle, as a second-half substitute, Sanchez looked lively and busy. He helped secure all three points with an excellent assist which Marcus Rashford duly finished.
Against Reading, Sanchez started and was probably the brightest spark. He played an exquisite ball into Romelu Lukaku this time, who rounded the goalkeeper to score, making it two assists in two games for the ex-Arsenal man.
You don’t just turn into a bad player overnight. Sanchez is still an excellent individual, it’s just that he has been playing with the shackles firmly on over the last twelve months.
He needs to look at Paul Pogba as inspiration. Look how much the Frenchman has transformed over the last month or so. If Sanchez can follow suit, and even put in half the production that Pogba has, then his return-to-form will be like having a new signing.
With games coming thick and fast in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, Sanchez will get his opportunity to try and displace Anthony Martial in the starting line-up. Will he do it? Who knows, but he certainly has the ability to force his way back into Solskjaer’s team on a regular basis.
The good news for him is that Sanchez is versatile meaning there are several different openings. At the very least, this is a guy who can come off the bench and impact the match in its dying embers. He’s one hell of an expensive squad player if that’s the case, though…