Time for Manchester United to cut losses on Alexis Sanchez
It's hard to believe that Alexis Sanchez has been at Manchester United for close to a year. The Chilean was expected to help the Red Devils compete for major trophies. However, his move hasn't had the desired effect.
When Man United signed Sanchez from Arsenal, pipping bitter rivals Manchester City in the process, it seemed they were back in the big time. England's biggest club had returned to the top, attracting the world's best players.
After 11 months, it's fair to say the Sanchez experiment hasn't worked out. It's time United let him go.
Here are 4 reasons why Man United should sell Sanchez in the January transfer window.
Lack of effort and motivation
For a player known for his industry and passion, Sanchez has become subdued at Old Trafford. He rarely plays well. Even worse, the winger seems to have given up. Many believed having a full pre-season would help him to overcome initial United struggles. He still hasn't shown any signs of improving, though. His undoubted talent is going to waste.
Sanchez's displays suggest he's disillusioned with life in Manchester. Angel Di Maria faced similar during his brief stint with the Red Devils. The Argentine was shown the exit. Is the same outcome inevitable here?
Sanchez reportedly earns around £450,000 per week at Man United. He's the highest paid player in the Premier League. His performance isn't justifying those huge wages, however. For that money, the 29-year-old should be the difference maker week in, week out.
From a marketing perspective, United need Sanchez to perform at his peak in order to attract sponsors and get more fans buying shirts. He isn't achieving in those areas, either, due to dismal display on the pitch.
Manchester United boast huge resources, but paying a player such high wages for little in return doesn't make any business sense.
Blocking Rashford, Martial's development
Before Sanchez arrived at Man United, both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were in their best ever form. The two youngsters were scoring and assisting in appreciable numbers. Signing the Chile international left one of them needing to be sidelined, thereby affecting development.
Bringing in Sanchez was a knee-jerk reaction to stop him from joining rivals City. United should have put more thought into it and planned for the future.
Rashford and Martial are among the world's best young players. Each is being held back by not playing regularly, simply due to Sanchez's presence.
Finding it hard to settle
It's rumoured Sanchez has found Manchester a lot different to London, where he had an enjoyable social life. The breakup with his long-term girlfriend has also affected him. Considering these two further complications, perhaps Man United should accept he'll never be the star they thought. It's time for both to move on.
Sanchez recently sustained a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for up to six weeks. Once returning, United should cut their losses. Waiting longer than January could see any potential suitors cool all interest.