Manchester United boss explains Alexis Sanchez’s struggles

  • 10 November 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about the struggles experienced by Alexis Sanchez since joining the Red Devils at the start of 2018. The Chile international could not make a meaningful impact during the backend of the previous campaign as he struggled to adapt to the club’s style of play, but he showed signs of overcoming the difficulty during the pre-season tour of the United States.

However, with the 2018/19 season having begun, Sanchez has once more gone through the same trend and speaking to Sky Sports News, Mourinho has suggested that injuries have somewhat hampered the Chilean’s progress with the club, he said: “He arrived January, in the first period of the season for him. I don’t think is ever an easy situation for a player but this season he had a good start a good pre-season, he started well against Leicester, and then he was injured. Then he came back and was injured again and he is the kind of player that needs to be really sharp.”

Sanchez is currently sidelined with a groin problem picked up during the 2-2 draw against Chelsea and Mourinho has confirmed that “the attacker would certainly miss the upcoming league game against Everton at Old Trafford.“ Apart from Sanchez, United have also missed the services of Jesse Lingard with an identical injury “over the past month“ but Mourinho has indicated that the Englishman should return for the forthcoming fixtures.

Despite the double setback, United have found some success in the attack front of late and this has come about from the form of Anthony Martial. The Frenchman appeared in the wilderness during the opening weeks of the campaign but he has managed to prove himself of late after bagging three goals from the past two Premier League matches. Martial is presently the club’s joint-top scorer with Romelu Lukaku after scoring four goals this campaign.