Ryan Giggs feels signing Alexis Sanchez could have a similar impact for Manchester United to Robin van Persie when he joined from Arsenal.
Van Persie was outstanding in his debut campaign and scored 30 goals in all competitions as he spearheaded Man United to their final Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
With Sanchez’s future in doubt, he’s been linked with plenty of clubs and Giggs would love to see the Chilean striker make his way to Old Trafford just like van Persie did.
“He’s a brilliant player,” Giggs said.. “His work rate, the effect he has on his team-mates, a winner.
“Jose Mourinho bought Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he is a winner. He’d won everywhere he’d gone. Not only the effect on the pitch but off the pitch as well.
“You can just feel that Sanchez would give his team-mates a lift.
“When we bought Van Persie you’re buying a ready-made superstar and everyone was like ‘Van Persie scores 25 goals a season. What a brilliant buy’. And it gives not only the fans a lift, but the players.”
With 23 goals and ten assists, Sanchez has been phenomenal this year in an Arsenal side which has struggled to show any real quality consistently. Due to that, and the fact he has less than 18 months on his contract, Sanchez’s head is being turned by interest from other clubs which plays into United’s hands.
Why wouldn’t we show an interest in Sanchez if he was available? Even if it was only to rock the boat at Arsenal – I can’t really see why Mourinho wouldn’t make a move for him.
Giggs is right – Sanchez’s impact as a proven Premier League goalscorer could galvanise the squad and players around him but whether Mourinho does want to go after him remains to be seen.