Chile’s coach on why Alexis Sanchez is excelling for his country and not Man United

Sanchez’s poor Man United form

Alexi Sanchez was one of the top forwards in the Premier League towards the back end of his Arsenal stint.

Sanchez would then make the switch to Manchester United in January of 2018, for a fee believed to be around £30 million.

After putting pen to paper on his United deal, Sanchez is now believed to earn around £350,000-per-week.

However, the 30-year-old has not really lived up to his massive wage while in Manchester.

Sanchez’s first half-season at Old Trafford saw him score just twice in 12 Premier League outings.

The 2018/19 campaign proved similarly poor for the Chilean.

In 20 PL appearances this past season, Sanchez scored just one and assisted three.

Alexis Sanchez

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United down injured during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at John Smith’s Stadium on May 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Sanchez shines for Chile

Despite being in awful form for United for the past 18 months, Sanchez has looked his old self for his country.

Sanchez is currently competing in the Copa America with Chile.

They have played two games so far, versus Japan and Ecuador. Chile have won both games, with Sanchez scoring in both clashes.

After doing so well for his country despite his United form, Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda has tried to explain why this is:

“It’s not easy to explain, but Alexis has come here and shown a lot of commitment and perhaps in Manchester he does not have the emotional bond he has with his team mates here, that affection.

“He’s had bad fortune because Manchester United have had problems for a while, so he does not have the structure he has here. He has also had injuries, he’s lacked consistency, he has lacked continuity.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

 

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