Everybody knows that the Manchester United’s squad will be significantly different next season than it was the previous one under David Moyes. Not only because of the poor and unacceptable finish by the club, but also because they have a new manager. Every new manager will always have a different philosophy and want to put his own imprint into the team immediately upon his arrival.
Louis Van Gaal will be no different from day one when he arrives at Carrington.
By now, based on media reports, it is well known what type of players Van Gaal is targeting to arrive to Old Trafford: Quick, good with the ball, playmakers.
But, none could have as big of an impact as the latest rumoured player could have: Alexis Sanchez, in which Manchester United have opened talks with.
The wing-forward seems to be the perfect player that Louis Van Gaal wants for his new Manchester United. Speed down the wing, scoring ability, and a playmaker that can set up attackers such as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United lacked pace last season and were too focused on crosses into the box. A one dimensional attack. Sure, much of the blame can go on David Moyes, but in reality, those were the cards he was dealt. An offence that saw Juan Mata play on the wing at times.
Bringing in Sanchez would allow Juan Mata to return back to the middle of the midfield, where he is at his strength just behind the forwards. Sanchez is currently preparing for the World Cup for his native Chile as they get ready to play in a extremely tough group with the Netherlands, Spain and Australia.
Sanchez, a champion of three different leagues and helping his Chile to a podium finish in the 2007 U20 World Cup, would bring a culture of winning, which is needed to compete against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, and is a proven scorer at the highest of stages. At just 25-years-old, he is still to reach the pinnacle of his career.
Last season, Sanchez played 43 matches for Barcelona, scoring 19 goals and assisting on 11. His statistics don’t look as impressive until you break them down a bit. In 32 games-started, Sanchez scored 17 goals and added 10 assists. In his career, 84 La Liga matches, he has 37 goals and 27 assists. He also has 22 goals in 65 career matches for his national team.
Alexis Sanchez makes those around him better. Which is a true definition of an elite player. He has learned under some of the best players in the world at FC Barcelona. When given the space, he can kill you not only with his speed but his superior long range shooting ability.
Unfortunately for Sanchez, hes fallen out of flavor in Barcelona by their new manager Luis Enrique, who is promising severe changes in the squad and Sanchez is the easy target. He only scored 2 goals in 12 away matches last season and scored just once in the club’s final 10 matches, who finished just 3 points shy of winning the league title to Atletico Madrid. Fans believe a better Sanchez down the stretch could have won them the title.
As the saying goes, one man’s loss is another man’s treasure. Alteast, that’s the hope for Manchester United if Louis van Gaal is serious on bringing him into Old Trafford this summer.
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