Alexis Sanchez has no excuse for under-performing when Manchester United face Arsenal
When Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, it looked to be a match made in heaven.
The Chilean has the innate talent and natural flair to raise the roof at Old Trafford. However, he is yet to catch fire and the longer he goes without a stellar performance the more doubts will rise.
This week, Sanchez has the ideal chance to impress. United face the Gunners in a standout FA Cup fourth round clash, and their highest paid player is expected to start.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should shuffle the pack on Friday, with Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku likely to come in.
That would give Sanchez his perfect stage.
Let’s face it, if the 30-year-old cannot raise his game away to his former club, there is little hope that he can turn things round at United.
A return of four goals and nine assists in 32 games for United is a woeful return for such a richly-rewarded player.
He has shown glimpses of his talent since Solskjaer took charge. Now Sanchez must boss a match from first minute to last.
Playing at a ground he knows so well, against a team for whom he turned out 166 times times, is ideal.
United thought they had a new superstar when Sanchez arrived. He still has time to turn things round. And tomorrow is the perfect start.
In so doing, he could create the perfect problem for Solskjaer – challenging Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for a starting spot every week.