Alexis Sanchez has stressed to his Manchester United teammates that they have to keep improving following their 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
The Chilean, despite claiming an assist for Paul Pogba with a deflected header, had one of his quieter games in a Man United shirt against his old club.
United’s performance, in keeping with the occasion itself, was frustratingly flat but they had enough impetus in the game to find an injury time winner through Marouane Fellaini.
Sanchez took to Instagram after the game to stress to his teammates and supporters that United need to keep improving if they are to mount a title challenge next season.
It is somewhat remarkable that United, in a season most would describe as underwhelming or below par, could finish the campaign with 86 points – six more than what they managed in their 2010/11 title winning campaign – and an FA Cup trophy to show off.
This is largely down to Mourinho’s efficiency and United’s resilience not having the same appeal as the fluid football of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, making it seem as if the two teams are better. But this viewpoint, more notably, is linked to the lack of initiative they have taken at times this season.
Too often, when the onus is on United to deliver, they have frozen. Too often they have needed to fall behind to kick into gear. Too often they have considered themselves the victim, the reactionary, rather than the protagonist.
Needles to say, that has to change next season.