Merson: Why Sanchez is finding it difficult at Man Utd

Date published: Tuesday 25th September 2018 9:45

Paul Merson thinks Alexis Sanchez “looks a bit lost” at Manchester United following the team’s mixed start to the new season.

The Red Devils have ten points from a possible 18 from their first six matches of the Premier League campaign and find themselves eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

Sanchez is still yet to replicate the form that saw him score lots of goals during his time at Arsenal with no goals in five appearances so far this term.

And former Gunners midfielder, Merson, thinks he has a theory on why Sanchez has struggled so badly at Old Trafford.

“He looks a bit lost at the moment, but that could be confidence,” Merson told Sky Sports. “I can’t believe it’s nearly six months without a goal. For someone who is supposed to be that good, that’s a long time as a forward.

“He’s struggling at Manchester United. They don’t make as many chances as Arsenal. Arsenal are all-out attack but that’s not the way they play at Old Trafford. When Arsenal play, they just go gung-ho, that’s not the case at Manchester United.

“At United, there’s a structure and they say ‘let’s not get beat first and then go from there’. That’s why I think he’s finding it difficult. At Arsenal, it was free-flowing but it wasn’t successful, they didn’t win anything.

“It’s the pressure. When he was at Arsenal, he was the top man. Everything went through him, plus he could try things at Arsenal. He could flick a ball here, flick a ball there and if it didn’t come off, you were playing next week. That is not the case at Old Trafford.

“With Jose Mourinho, we saw what he was at Chelsea with Eden Hazard, if you are not getting back and following the full-back back, you’re off and you’re not playing next week. That didn’t happen at Arsenal.”


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