Lee Dixon: Why I don’t feel sorry for Alexis Sanchez at Man United

The Arsenal legend opens up about Alexis Sanchez's situation at Manchester United

Man United striker Alexis Sanchez Photo: MUTV / Screen grab

Lee Dixon insists he doesn’t have any sympathy for Alexis Sanchez despite his struggles at Manchester United.

The Chile international completed a move to the Red Devils from Arsenal in the January transfer window as Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved in the other direction as part of the same deal.

Sanchez managed to score just one goal in the second half of the 2017-18 season to raise questions about his ability to adapt to life at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

The 29-year-old’s performances haven’t improved in the current campaign and Mourinho has used the South American forward sparingly over the past couple of months.

Sanchez, who is currently injured, hasn’t started a Premier League game since 2-1 win at Bournemouth at the start of November to fuel speculation that his time could be coming to an end at Old Trafford.

Former Arsenal defender Dixon has explained why he doesn’t feel sorry for Sanchez’s situation at the 20-time English champions after the South American left the Gunners less than 12 months ago.

“I don’t feel sorry for players,” Dixon told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“The way the contract situation manifested itself, he ended up leaving the club and going to a rival. He knows how to deal with a big club situation. He hasn’t performed. He needs a shake-down and to show us what he can do.”

Sanchez scored his only goal of the Premier League season in a 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford in October to prompt talk of a potential resurgence.

However, the Chilean forward has failed to find the net in his last five appearances in all competitions for the Manchester outfit to prompt Mourinho to drop Sanchez to the bench.

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