Alexis Sanchez was reported by The Mirror to be ‘furious’ at his omission from the Manchester United team to face West Ham at the weekend.

It’s a stance which shows a complete lack of self awareness after his poor form in 2018.

Instead of being angry, Sanchez should upon reflection be ecstatic that United’s problems are clearly not pointing back to him. He should use the snub as motivation to prove everybody wrong, including his manager.

Sanchez has been held up as a cause of United’s issues. He’s not. He’s a symptom.

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He’s a symptom of a manager who does not know his best team, does not know where to play him, and one who might have lost the dressing room.

Jose Mourinho did Sanchez a favour by leaving him out of the West Ham and Derby defeats.

United’s problems are deeper rooted than Sanchez. If that wasn’t clear before, it’s crystal clear now.

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The Chilean should take the positives, that he can’t be blamed for the team’s turgid performances.

Sanchez needs to be better, but instead of sulking about his situation, he needs to turn it into a positive, and position himself to return to the side as a saviour, starting this week in the Champions League.

United have back to back home games against Valencia and then Newcastle. It’s time for Sanchez to focus, and start repaying the club which pay him so handsomely.

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