Manchester United’s progress under Jose Mourinho has been pretty clear for all to see. The Red Devils have one trophy under their belt, and are also in the final of the Europa League with a place in the Champions League at stake. Shortly after the final in Stockholm, the transfer window opens.
That brings a whole host of rumours to the table, and it always feels like United get linked to pretty much every name under the sun.
However, a former Old Trafford hero, Ryan Giggs, has singled out one specific player who he believes would add an awful lot to United’s game as a whole.
Ryan Giggs was asked whether he thinks Manchester United should make a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new contract with The Gunners.
“He’s a brilliant player,” Giggs told Premier League Productions, quoted by Sky Sports. “His work rate, the effect he has on his team-mates, a winner.
“Jose Mourinho bought Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he is a winner. He’d won everywhere he’s gone. Not only the effect on the pitch but off the pitch as well.”
“You can just feel that Sanchez would give his teammates a lift.”
“When we bought Van Persie you’re buying a ready-made superstar and everyone was like ‘Van Persie scores 25 goals a season. What a brilliant buy’. And it gives not only the fans a lift but the players.”
In terms of a proven, Premier League ready player, it doesn’t get any more perfect than Alexis Sanchez. He’s strong, tough and quick. On top of that, the Chile international is a deadly finisher with either feet, and can create chances out of nothing.
United’s biggest issue this season has been finding the back of the net. Outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we haven’t really had a player who we can count upon to score a truckload of goals. Sanchez is second in the overall Premier League scoring charts with a hugely impressive 23 goals and 10 assists. Some of those have come from when he’s been playing out wide.
Obviously, Arsenal would much prefer to sell him abroad, but if the 28-year-old pushes for a stay in England then Mourinho could have a chance at luring him in; but he’d have to pay through the roof.