Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez in 2014 I was devastated. Deep down I always knew he was going to leave because when Barcelona come calling, it’s difficult to say no. Suarez is a brilliant player, and one who is almost impossible to replace. Liverpool received a hefty chunk of change for the Uruguayan and decided to spend it, well I’d like to say wisely, but I can’t. They replaced a world class striker with, wait for it, Ricky Lambert and Mario Balotelli. One was an aged Southampton player who was best suited in the lower leagues and the other is a player who’s best suited to a ball pit in a children’s activity centre in the Times City Mall. There were no surprises when the Reds failed to match their previous season’s title chase sans-Suarez and it’s only really this season, some four years after his departure, they have finally put together a team worthy of challenging for top spot. After the whole … [Read more...] about The curious case of Alexis Sanchez
A luxury signing from the outset, the continued struggles of Alexis Sanchez have evolved beyond “he just needs time to bed in.” There is serious cause for concern around Sanchez for Manchester United – here’s a deeper look. While much of the angst this week around Old Trafford has concerned the fractious relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, it is another of Ed Woodward’s marquee signings that will be the one to cause lasting damage for Manchester United. £20m signing on fee. He's scored 3 times in 9 months and turns 30 in December. That's a shocking return and no one says anything. #alexissanchez — Sir Colin Shuttlecock (@iamsircolin) September 22, 2018 Regardless of the performances Sanchez put in, his ridiculous wages were always going to cause internal strife. Breaking the wage structure of a club causes rifts, as other star players at the club in turn feel they deserve a boost. And, regardless of the performances, his … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with Alexis Sanchez?
LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Images Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has defended team-mate Alexis Sanchez and believes the Chilean will eventually find his best form for the Red Devils. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has struggled since completing a move to Old Trafford in January, and he was taken off early in Saturday's Premier League draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Per Mark Critchley of The Independent, Pogba came to his defence: "What you have to know about Alexis is he is a hard worker. He trains very well, he always tries to help the team, talks with the team and everything. He will get used to it. "When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have. It's not that he is playing bad. "We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I'm sure he will. I'm sure he will. But he's not playing bad and he keeps being positive, you know, so that's the good thing we have … [Read more...] about Paul Pogba Backs Team-Mate Alexis Sanchez to Find Manchester United Success
ALEXIS SANCHEZ was slammed by fans this weekend after yet another poor performance, but his Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba wasn't having any of it. The World Cup winner is "sure" that his Chilean team-mate will bring a lot to their side and claims that Sanchez is still finding his feet at Old Trafford. Manchester United's No.7 is struggling to replicate the form of those that have worn the famous shirt before him. He finds himself in a Premier League goal-drought that spans almost six months, having last found the net on March 31. But Pogba isn't concerned, he said: "It's not that he's playing bad. We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I'm sure he will. I'm sure he will. "But he's not playing bad and he keeps being positive, so that's the good thing we have to think about." Pogba believes that Sanchez is still finding his feat at Old Trafford after his time at Arsenal: "What you have to know about Alexis is he is a hard worker. He trains very well, he always … [Read more...] about Paul Pogba says Alexis Sanchez is still struggling to adapt to Manchester United after his time at Arsenal
In a week when Memphis Depay gave a glimpse of what might have been for Manchester United, his successor continued to be weighed down by the club's most iconic shirt. Alexis Sanchez - substituted for the third game in succession - cut a frustrated figure after his latest fitful display. The No7 shirt has swallowed up just about every player who's worn it since Cristiano Ronaldo left these parts nearly 10 years ago. Antonio Valencia, Angel di Maria and Depay all crumbled under the weight of expectation. With each passing week Sanchez looks more and more like its latest victim. That Michael Owen - who made just 18 starts in three years at United - has appeared most at home in the shirt since Ronaldo's departure, speaks volumes. Sanchez has looked anything but comfortable in the red of United - let alone wearing the number made famous by George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. There is a growing sense that it was too much, too … [Read more...] about Alexis Sanchez crumbling under weight of famous Man United No7 shirt