Martin Keown: How to get best of Alexis Sanchez at Man United

The Arsenal legend believes Alexis Sanchez needs to start in a central role for Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United star Alexis Sanchez Photo: Screen grab / MUTV

Martin Keown believes Jose Mourinho needs to start Alexis Sanchez in a central role to get the best out of the Manchester United forward.

The Chile international has made an underwhelming start to his Old Trafford career, having moved to Manchester United in a deal from Arsenal in the 2018 January transfer window.

Sanchez arrived at Manchester United have established himself as one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, but the South American has failed to inject creativity and goals into Mourinho’s team.

The 29-year-old has only scored one goal in 11 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign, and the underperforming Chile forward was a notable absentee for the Manchester derby last weekend.

In fact, Sanchez has even been linked with a potential exit in the upcoming transfer window due to his discontent at what he perceives to be a lack of first-team opportunities at the 20-time English champions.

Asked during his weekly Daily Mail column about how Manchester United can get the best out of their best-paid player, the former Arsenal legend responded:

“Injury must have been the only reason why Sanchez did not start the Manchester derby.

“We saw a big improvement from him playing through the middle against Juventus but he picked up a dead leg in that game.

There were similar issues with Sanchez after he joined Arsenal but they were resolved much more quickly.

“He started on the right but his Arsenal career really took off once he started playing on the left. After that, he seemed to thrive wherever he played.

“Sanchez showed in Turin he can be most effective for United in a central position.”

Sanchez started in a central role in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Juventus in Turin earlier this month but the Chilean forward left the pitch with the home side leading thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s opening goal.

The former FC Barcelona striker will be hoping to start when Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford in their next Premier League game on Saturday 24 November.

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