AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Potential XI with Alexis Sanchez up front

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United produced an improved attacking performance during their 2-1 win over Everton over the weekend.

Jose Mourinho‘s decision to ‘protect’ Romelu Lukaku, who has gone over 800 minutes without scoring, gave Marcus Rashford a chance up front and it led to a faster, less predictable display going forward.

Anthony Martial notably benefitted from having more space, linking up superbly with Paul Pogba, while Juan Mata was likewise able to pick up good positions.

And with that in mind, here is how Man United could line up against AFC Bournemouth, with Alexis Sanchez getting a chance to play up front.

Rashford struggled as a striker against Everton because United primarily still played as if he was your typical target man, which he really isn’t.

With Alexis, however, Mourinho’s team will be forced to play less direct, working the ball a bit more and consequently creating more space in the final third for players like Martial and Jesse Lingard. The Chilean himself is a better striker than Rashford having played for much longer and succeeded up front for Arsenal. It is time he gets a chance in that role at United.

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