Alexis Sanchez and Man Utd: The ridiculous stats…

Date published: Friday 3rd May 2019 10:34 - Ian Watson

Reports on Friday morning suggest Manchester United are prepared to pay Alexis Sanchez £13million to play for someone else next season. Ed Woodward acknowledges the signing was a disaster, and the stats offer Sanchez little defence…

Since he joined United from Arsenal on January 22, 2018…

– Sanchez has played 31 Premier League games for United. A full XI have played more.

– He is also the 12th man in terms of minutes played – 1869 in the Premier League.

– Sanchez fares even worse in the Champions League, with 13 players having played more in Europe. Fred has amassed more minutes in the  Champions League despite a) joining half a season later, and b) being a similar waste of money.

– Sanchez has completed 90 minutes just once this season in all competitions – on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

– Sanchez has started fewer Premier League games than 14 of his United team-mates.

– Still, given he earns a £75,000 bonus for every first-team start, Sanchez has earned £2.25million just for being named in 30 XIs in all competitions.

– In addition to his bonuses, Sanchez is said to rake in £391,000 a week as a basic salary. That means the Chilean has earned £25,806,000 before bonuses.

– With Sanchez’s basic salary (£391,000 per week) plus his starting bonus (£2.25million for 30 starts), the attacker has cost United: £10,288 per minute on the pitch, or £171 per second.

Football Leaks says Sanchez stands to make £2m for reaching a combination of 40 goals and assists. Almost a season and half into his United career, in all competitions, he has only five goals and nine assists.

– Factoring in Sanchez’s basic wage and his starting bonus, the 30-year-old has cost United over £5.6million per goal.

– In the Premier League, Sanchez’s three goals have come at a cost of £9.1million.

– The opponents for those Premier League goals: Huddersfield, Swansea and Newcastle.

– Sanchez is yet to score a Premier League goal away from Old Trafford.

– Six United players have scored more Premier League goals than Sanchez since he joined.

– Chris Smalling is among the United players to have scored more Premier League goals.

– Other players who have scored three Premier League goals for Manchester United: James Wilson, David Bellion, Phil Jones, Wes Brown and Angel ‘Lionheart’ Di Maria.

– A selection of players who have scored as many Premier League goals as Sanchez since he joined United: Zanka, Wes Morgan, James Tomkins, Lewis Dunk, Fabian Schar, Dusan Tadic (he left for Ajax last summer), Ciaran Clark, Aboubakar Kamara, Nacho Monreal, Craig Cathcart.

– 37 players have more Premier League assists than Sanchez since he moved to Old Trafford.

– Sanchez has had the sixth highest number of shots (24) of all the United players, and the sixth highest number of shots on target (18). In contrast, during the same time frame, Paul Pogba has attempted 90 shots.

– One. Sanchez has managed only a single, solitary shot in the Champions League for United.

– Creatively, only Pogba (61) has created more chances for United in the Premier League than Sanchez (46).

– Five players have created over double the number of chances Sanchez has: Eden Hazard (132), Christian Eriksen (111), Ryan Fraser (104), James Maddison (97) and Willian (96).

– Sanchez is 50th among Premier League players for chances created since he joined United.

– Pogba (10) and Sanchez (9) also lead the way among United players for big chances created.

– 36 players in the Premier League have created more Big Chances than Sanchez.

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