How Sanchez could line up at United
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.