Alexis Sanchez was ‘born to play’ for Manchester United, according to former-Liverpool defender Jamie Redknapp.
The Chilean forward netted his first goal for the club on Saturday having signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford in January, the key figure in the transfer window’s biggest saga. Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal, going the other way in a straight player-swap deal.
Sanchez poked home from close range, lapping up the goalkeeper’s parry after his second-half penalty had been saved in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town.
Having impressed with a Man of the Match performance on his debut for the club against Yeovil Town, a 4-0 FA Cup Fourth Round drubbing of the League Two side in which Sanchez assisted, the 29-year-old looked good at the weekend against Huddersfield, though his midweek performance against Tottenham Hotspur was just as bad as the rest of United’s side.
“When Sanchez is at his best he is on a mission, running with the ball and terrorising defenders,” Redknapp wrote his the Daily Mail.
“Nobody can get near him. He was born to play for United.”
Sanchez showed his determination on Saturday afternoon, constantly hacked down by the Terriers who fouled him seven times. He continually bounced back up and threatened Huddersfield, eventually earning the penalty and scoring the rebound to give United a comfortable two-goal cushion which they maintained until the final whistle.
He’s a signing who provides instant guaranteed quality. United fans will be hoping that shows itself further in the coming weeks.