Man Utd information: How Jose Mourinho FINALLY bought Alexis Sanchez again to his greatest – MOTD pundit


MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho had Alexis Sanchez playing at his peak level against Bournemouth.

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Man Utd news: Alexis Sanchez replaced Romelu Lukaku against Bournemouth (Pic: GETTY)

And according to Match of the Day Ian Wright, all it took was to change his position on the pitch.

Sanchez had often previously been deployed on the left-hand side of attack by Jose Mourinho.

But as Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury in training on Friday, Sanchez was given a start in attack.

The Chile star responded with one of his best performances, setting up Anthony Martial’s equaliser and looking far more menacing.

Asked whether Sanchez was back to his best against Bournemouth, Wright said on Match of the Day: “Yeah we’re seeing it now.

“The thing is, I was quite pleased for him because we know he’s a quality player but what he done today – he stretched them and got himself into positions.

“When you’ve got time on the ball like [Paul] Pogba had, he’s making great runs. Super run and you’re thinking Pogba might be able to find him.

“He was doing this quite frequently, stretching them, and going into nice positions.

“I think it [Sanchez] suits him [playing centrally]because he naturally wants to stretch team and he’s got the quality and ability to cause teams problems.

“This is the goal, he wins the ball – people saying it was handball, I thought it just hit him really – then he picked Martial out beautifully.

“Brilliant movement and could have scored today, he was unfortunate not to score.

“I thought he was unfortunate to get taken off today. I think he’s getting somewhere near what we know and I’d have been very disappointed being taken off after playing like that today.”

Mourinho was similarly impressed by Sanchez’s performance as he explained the thinking behind his attacking unit.

He said: “The way I like to play is with three attacking players where there is not a clear definition of the winger as a winger.

“And I like the winger is somebody with a striker or formation or with a striker appetite.

“I always had that in my team, with wingers scoring a lot of goals, sometimes even more goals than the striker.

“So is not impossible at all to have in the same team and at same time Romelu Lukaku or Alexis, for example.

“Today Romelu was not available and we thought Alexis could do what he did, he a had a good assist, mobility, he create some problems.”


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