Manchester United produced a brilliant comeback to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park with Alexis Sanchez switching positions at half-time. But what is the January signing’s best role in this team? It is a problem that Jose Mourinho will be looking to solve…
The signing of Alexis Sanchez was an exciting one for Manchester United but also one that presented Jose Mourinho with some tactical decisions to make. Anthony Martial had been flying in the left-wing position that many consider most effective for Sanchez. The right flank was perceived as a weakness but was that really the place to get the best from the new man?
Sanchez’s performance in his side’s dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace suggests that his new manager is still wrestling with the conundrum. After an ineffective 45 minutes on the left, he was moved into a more central role as United mounted their comeback but he was not particularly central to it.
The statistics showed that Sanchez had only three touches of the ball in the Crystal Palace box. This from a player who had been averaging seven touches in the opposition area prior to this game so far this season. By coming deeper to make things happen, Sanchez was actually part of the problem as United’s attacks broke down far too often in deep areas.
Another telling statistic from the game was that Sanchez surrendered possession of the ball on 34 occasions. That was not quite as many as the 36 times that he gave it away in the recent matches against Huddersfield and Newcastle but it is plenty. No other Manchester United player has lost possession of the ball so many times in a game this season.
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