Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez deserves his position on the substitutes’ bench, given he has not done enough to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into handing him a starting role. The Chile international has struggled at the Red Devils since his move from Arsenal 13 months ago and he is currently regarded as not more than a game changer off the bench.
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Chile international Alexis Sanchez has said that Manchester United are the biggest club in England, and he has joined them in order to win everything. The 29-year-old signed for the Red Devils from Arsenal last month in a straight exchange deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho should take the decision to axe Alexis Sanchez from the starting line-up after the Chilean put in a poor showing against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old struggled to find a consistency to his play through the game, and he ultimately cut a frustrated figure as the Red Devils bowed of the elite competition by a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.
Sanchez has come under scrutiny from the pundits in recent weeks, and Scholes did not hold on from his criticism on Tuesday after the attacker dropped another average performance in the United shirt. Scholes also appeared to hint that the likes of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata should earn equal opportunities in the starting line-up and Sanchez should be the one to make way owing to his average form.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed that Alexis Sanchez’s demanding mentality did not infuse well with some of his teammates. The Chile international was alleged to have had a confrontation with Laurent Koscielny during the backend of last season, and he had a similar case with other players prior to his winter exit.
Speaking for the Oxford Union, Bellerin admitted that the qualities of Sanchez can never be doubted, but his demands from the players on the playing field often created the difference, he said: “Alexis is an amazing player. One of the best in the Premier League for sure but he is a player who always wants to win. He demands from everyone, sometimes it can be too much. The great thing is he wants to win, to give 100 per cent. This season maybe things weren’t going as well for him but I truly believe he was giving 100 per cent.”