How Sanchez could line up at United

Sport360 - - News - By Bren­don Netto

On the flanks

Out wide is where Sanchez has done his best work. His pace and trick­ery means he’s a night­mare for full-backs while his in­cred­i­ble work-rate will no doubt be wel­comed by Mour­inho who val­ues in­dus­tri­ous wide play­ers.

At Arse­nal, he’s proven that his de­liv­ery into the box is ex­cel­lent but it’s when he cuts in­side from the left onto his stronger foot that he’s most dan­ger­ous. How­ever he’s com­fort­able play­ing from the right side as well. Sanchez is no­to­ri­ous for his clever di­ag­o­nal runs in be­hind the full-back to go clean through on goal. He brings a level of con­sis­tency, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­plo­sive­ness from wide ar­eas that United lack at the mo­ment.

As a num­ber 10 Typ­i­cally, he isn’t thought of as a num­ber 10 but he’s a far more cre­ative and ac­com­plished passer than he’s given credit for. With a big tar­get man like Romelu Lukaku ahead of him as

well, Sanchez is the ideal op­por­tunist to play off him and feed of the scraps.

You only have to look at the way he’s com­bined with Olivier Giroud in the last few sea­sons at Arse­nal, play­ing one-twos and get­ting on the end of knock-downs.

United have of­ten toiled to break­down lesser op­po­si­tions this sea­son but with Sanchez through the mid­dle, his di­rect­ness means that in­stead of find­ing that eye of the nee­dle pass, a weav­ing run or pop at goal can make all the dif­fer­ence. He brings a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion to the po­si­tion.


When Arsene Wenger asks the Chilean to play up front he never al­lows the cen­tre-backs a mo­ment’s peace, run­ning the chan­nels, chas­ing down lost causes and re­lent­lessly clos­ing down to stop them play­ing out from the back.

His pace also makes him dev­as­tat­ing on the counter while he’s more than use­ful in the air de­spite his slight frame.

Lukaku has played along­side Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic a cou­ple of times this sea­son to lit­tle suc­cess but with Sanchez, the two-pronged at­tack is cer­tainly an­other op­tion.

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