Manchester United’s season is in tatters. Quite frankly, I cannot wait for this season to be over.
It’s probably the Red Devils’ worst campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson left – which says a lot because United have been topsy-turvying ever since the great man walked through the Old Trafford tunnel one last time.
Everyone at the club is culpable. For me, the main issue has been bad investment in players. David Moyes didn’t spend his money well, while Louis van Gaal flopped on signings like Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria. The biggest failure of all, though, has to be Jose Mourinho’s move to bring in Alexis Sanchez.
Sure, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but back in January 2018, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both in the form of their lives, linking up wonderfully well and scoring goals for fun.
The self-proclaimed Special One couldn’t help but revert to type, however. Mourinho’s always preferred the ready-made players rather than developing and nurturing youngsters. I suppose you cannot really blame him for that, it’s how he earned massive success all across the continent.
A swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw Sanchez move to the Theatre of Dreams. He was supposed to kick-start our season, he was supposed to be our new talisman. Eighteen months down the line, it looks as though the #7 curse continues on…
The question I’d like to ask is this: Is Sanchez United’s worst ever signing?
We’ve had some shockers down the years. Immediately names like Dong Fangzhuo, Kleberson and Juan Sebastian Veron spring to mind. Sanchez is easily amongst that group all-things considered.
What’s most damning is the wages. We’re discussing a man who is taking home an astounding half-a-million-a-week(!). That’s just eyewatering. For that sum, production is an absolute must.
Sanchez has scored five goals. I can count his good moments on one hand, nevermind good games! Aged 30, the Chilean just looks like he has nothing left in the tank. Whether that’s a personal issue or the fact that United’s problems run even deeper than we think remains to be seen.
When you lose in a swap deal that involves Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way, I think that tells you everything you need to know about just how poor Sanchez has been.
The weight of expectation has been seriously overwhelming for a man who was once amongst the Premier League’s best performers. Let’s not forget that he actually left Arsenal to win silverware… He’s definitely not helped United move forward in that regard.
The sooner he’s off United’s books, the better. His wages have seemingly unsettled the dressing room, and a once harmonious squad is looking as toxic as the Chelsea team that has turned on their manager almost annually. Now I know it’s not the player’s fault for signing that contract, but a club of United’s stature should have known better.
All things considered, I think he’s comfortably the worst investment United have made and they’ll likely be paying for it for the duration of his contract as no club in their right mind will match the money he’s on…