The Narrowing Chances Of Alexis Sanchez

Tyler Dunne, one of the hosts of the WeAreTheBusbyBoys.com podcast, gives his opinion on United’s disappointing afternoon against Wolves.

Jose Tactics are good

Jose has gotten his tactics spot on since the 3-0 loss to Spurs. When you look at how the team is set up, the midfield trio has allowed Pogba more space and opportunities to create going forward with Fellaini or Matic playing the pivot. The star Frenchman has scored four times this term and provided two including one against Wolves for Fred’s first Manchester United goal. The backline has the “Security blanket” with the coverage of Fellaini dropping into the back line creating a back three at a variety of times. I understand United drew 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday but Jose selected a team that should have won comfortably at home.

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United players need to stay wide

The narrowness that Manchester United have adapted in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era was extremely evident in Saturday’s 1-1 draw vs Wolves. There were so many times Alexis and Lingard would conduct their attack into the middle of the park. I have no issues with players wanting to come inside and link up. The problem with that against a team playing a 5 man defense is congestion. When you play a system that relies on fullbacks getting forward and expanding the width of the attack and you don’t utilize Shaw and less so Valencia it becomes frustrating and the attack becomes anemic to watch.

United need another centre forward

The great teams of Manchester United always had excellent rotational strikers. We talk about the likes of Solskjær, Chicharito, Owen, Larsson, Sheringham, and Robins to name a few. Since Jose Mourinho has taken over at United he has only one recognized number 9 in the squad. First it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now that man is Romelu Lukaku. During the Wolves match, Lukaku had been isolated by three center-backs and barely had any support whenever the ball got lumped up to him. When you’re tied and you need a goal you would like to call on a striker not Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira.

It might be time for United to splash some cash and bring in a forward to give Lukaku and Mourinho some help when chasing or trying to win a match late on. Having additional options can also mean resting Lukaku instead of playing him 51 times and in several matches United should win handily without him.

Fun fact : Wayne Rooney only had one season over 50 plus appearances during his 13 seasons at the club. I personally think with no outside reinforcements till January the promotion of United youth product Mason Greenwood, whose current campaign has seen him score an outstanding 9 times in 6 matches, should be considered.

What happened to Alexis Sanchez?

What has happened to one of South America’s best play makers, Alexis Sanchez aka Mr. Piano man? Since his move from Arsenal to Manchester United this January, his football has been absolutely abysmal.

Prior to his arrival at the club, Alexis boasted a fantastic record of 80 goals from 166 appearances for the Gunners. Since joining Manchester United, his attacking prowess has evaporated. At United,Sanchez record in front of net is 3 from 23 matches played. We can look at his second half vs City and his well scored goal in the Semi Final vs Spurs- very encouraging stuff. The problem is two or three good games since January isn’t good enough. When you’re the highest paid player in the Premier League and a certain player with a poor attitude and out of favor with Mourinho is on the cusp of taking your spot, that isn’t a good look for the tenacious Chilean.

Tyler is a Chicago native and passionate member of the football community. He grew up with hard-nosed Roy Keane and the clinical finishing of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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