Since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to call it quits, things at Manchester United have drastically changed; and not for the better…
From on-pitch results, to player vs manager battles, Old Trafford has a very different feel about it these days. Even in the transfer market, things have become extremely different.
Rather than making signings in areas we need, moving for players who’d improve us, the club have made several big-money purchases without really thinking about where they’ll fit in.
I look at Juan Mata, and an even better example would be Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international tore up the Premier League at Arsenal, but he’s yet to find his feet at Manchester United.
Now, Ryan Giggs has had his say on the situation, and the Welshman still expects United’s #7 to come good – by putting in high-level performances on a more consistent basis.
“I’m a big fan of Sanchez, I was a big fan of his at Arsenal and sometimes it just takes players a bit longer to settle in,” the Manchester United icon told Sky Sports, per The Mirror.
“Even though he’s a top player he just looks like he’s a bit short of confidence, but I’m sure he’ll come good as he’s a top goalscorer and a good player as well.”
“He can play anywhere across the front, he played on the right for Barcelona and up front in his better days for Arsenal.
“I’ve seen him just off the left the most for United so it just depends who he’s playing with and who they’re playing against.
“He can also play that No 10 role but I think the best performances I’ve seen from him at United are just coming off the left, but it’s just not quite happening for him at the moment.”
At this point, I just fail to see where he truly fits in. He’s looked markedly worse than both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out on the left, and there is no way he’ll beat out Romelu Lukaku as the starting striker.
When he signed, I immediately thought of him playing out on the right-wing, but for whatever reason, Jose Mourinho seems unwilling to stick him out on that flank to see what he can do.
Perhaps he’s trying too hard, perhaps he’s not right for this specific system, perhaps he’s just lost his mojo… Who knows, but he’s almost a year into his Old Trafford career. Things don’t look like changing, he isn’t getting any younger, time is running out.
I wouldn’t be wholly against moving him on in January if the price is right…