Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Alexis Sanchez is a great signing for Manchester United ahead Wednesday’s clash at Wembley.
The Chile international completed his transfer to Old Trafford last week, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way, and impressed on his debut against Yeovil Town.
His first real test, however, will come against the fifth placed side and supporters will look on keenly to see how he figures in the starting XI.
And Pochettino, speaking ahead of the game, noted that Jose Mourinho had a splendid array of attacking options to choose from.
“I think he’s a great player of course.” he said. “One more that Manchester United added to their squad. Of course Alexis Sanchez, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic.”
“Plenty of talented players, I think it’s one option more and another great player they add to the squad.”
Anthony Martial‘s return to the squad forces us to consider who perhaps misses out on Wednesday and whether Mourinho may opt for a change in formation, but the 55-year-old, perhaps strangely, will not have these concerns swirling around in his mind.
To Mourinho, and indeed any manager, the more options the better. Supporters often find themselves fixated on starting XIs and the minutiae of each game, but for the Portuguese this is a marathon, an ever oscillating myriad of flights and drops in terms of form and personnel, and the addition of Sanchez – among other things, of course – makes his life much easier in that respect.