Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has backed his teammate Alexis Sanchez and dispelled some media rumours about the winger.
The Belgian striker himself has faced a tonne of criticism this season, namely for his first touch and lack of movement when leading the line.
Sanchez meanwhile has had his character questioned after apparently forcing through a move to United during the January transfer window.
Some reports claimed that the Arsenal dressing room was ‘toxic’ while the Chilean was still at the club but nothing of that sort has emerged at Old Trafford yet.
Lukaku though dismissed the rumours and hailed Alexis for his quality, praising his world class attributes as he grabbed his first goal on his home debut.
According to the Sport Review, Romelu said to Sky Sports: “He [Sanchez] is a Manchester United player – he was destined to play here. He deserves to be on the big stage. It was something he wanted as well.
“He has a lot of experience after playing for Barcelona and Arsenal. I admire the quality he has on the ball, but especially his will to win.
“People were criticising him for being moody, but he is not like that. He is a just a winner”
Perhaps criticism of Alexis Sanchez being ‘moody’ stems from how often he’s targeted and relentlessly hacked down by opposition defenders.
It’s unclear whether Huddersfield usually play with this type of tactic but when Manchester United beat them 2-0 on Saturday, the Chilean was constantly tackled harshly.
He was fouled a joint record seven times during the match and credit to him for continuously getting up, even managing to grab a goal after it all.
Players are particularly weary of injuries this season as it’s a campaign that ends just before the World Cup in Russia begins.
Referees are supposed to protect footballers in general but it’s essential that measures are taken ahead of the tournament.
Either way, no true harm was caused to Sanchez and fans will hope to continue seeing him fit and firing if his early form is anything to go by.