2018-19 Season Ending Player Review: Alexis Sanchez

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It’s time to analyze what happened during the 2018-19 season for Manchester United. And for that, we will go checking each players individually to rate their performances, give a brief summary of what happened over the course of the campaign, and assess the role of the player in the upcoming campaign — if he stays with the club:

Let’s continue with Alexis Sanchez. One of the club’s highest earners when it comes to salary, the Chilean winger endured their worst season in Europe during the 2018/19 campaign and often the scapegoat for the fanbase when things went wrong. At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if all United want is to part ways with the Chilean during the transfer window. Even if he has plenty to offer at the top level.

Appearances across all competitions

Alexis struggled with several injuries during the 2018/19 season. The former Barcelona and Arsenal star has never been an injury-prone player in his career, but he simply couldn’t stay on the pitch this past term. This had a direct implication on his playing time and the way he produced across the entire campaign. Sanchez only made 20 Premier League appearances, registering one goal and three assists under his belt.

His cup performances weren’t much better, either. He made four UEFA Champions League appearances without scoring or assisting, and had one each in three FA Cup outings. All things considered, Sanchez ended the 2018/19 season with just two goals and four assists in 27 matches in all competitions. That’s very poor for a player of his caliber.

Did he perform above or below the expectations?

There’s no way to sugarcoat things when it comes to Sanchez. He was poor and at one point, he was the club’s sixth option upfront. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and even Juan Mata were ahead of him in the pecking order. That was justified, though. Sanchez never looked comfortable in a United shirt this season. Neither with Jose Mourinho nor with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was able to showcase his best form.

Will he be a part of Manchester United during the 2019-20 season?

Forecasting Sanchez’s future is probably one of the toughest things to do right now. Before the start of the 2019 Copa America, many expected United to sell Sanchez after the first official offer came. But the Chilean has played a pivotal run during his country’s run to the semifinals, contributing with two goals and looking like a complete threat on the attacking third once again. Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see what Solskjaer wants to do with the former Udinese star.

If Sanchez can replicate his Chile form at Old Trafford, then he should get one more chance at Old Trafford. But if he can’t, then the best way would be to let him go and gain some fresh funds that could be used elsewhere in the transfer market. Especially considering sides such as Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have been monitoring his situation in recent weeks.

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