Ryan Giggs: Alexis Sanchez would be brilliant at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Ryan Giggs has urged Jose Mourinho to secure the services of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez over the summer, labelling the Chilean as a “brilliant player”.

It was reported last month that the Portuguese, clearly determined to find a prolific winger ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, had called Sanchez to discuss a possible move.

The former Barcelona winger has scored 27 goals and recorded 13 assists for the Gunners in all competitions this season.

And Giggs, when asked about Sanchez, noted that he would be a welcome fit at Old Trafford under Mourinho next year.

“[He’s] a brilliant player. His work rate, the effect he has on his team-mates, a winner,” he said.

“He just looks how South Americans are, tough aren’t they. Yeah. 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.”

It is worth noting that, in spite of his superb tally in front of goal this season, Arsenal fans have grown irate with Sanchez in recent months. Arsene Wenger has always endorsed a steady, patient approach going forward that places emphasis on passing in phases, building up passages of play as opposed to enforcing them.

The problem, some Gooners say, apart from the fact that Sanchez clearly doesn’t want to be there, is the Chilean’s refusal to settle into this style of play. There is only one approach he knows, and that is to bomb forward at will, to cut through opponents and never stop running.

Moving to United, therefore, would do both Mourinho and Wenger a favour: the 28-year-old’s ruthlessly direct approach would, you sense, go some way towards assuaging United’s current neurosis in front of goal, whilst Wenger – assuming he says over the summer – would be able to field a group of players all pulling in the same direction and inevitably towards, well, probably an FA Cup and a Champions League spot.

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