Scholes, Gerrard, Ferdinand call for United to drop star

Date published: Wednesday 14th March 2018 8:25 - Matthew Stead

Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand laid into Alexis Sanchez after yet another terrible performance.

Sanchez was non-existent as Manchester United were beaten in the Champions League last-16 by Sevilla.

Jose Mourinho completely f***ed it but Sanchez was again anonymous as his struggles to settle at Old Trafford since arriving from Arsenal in January continue.

The Chilean has scored two goals in ten games, and failed to rescue United as they slipped out of European competition in the first knock-out round.

Scholes blasted the 29-year-old after the game.

“They keep spending money and yet you hear they are supposedly three or four players away,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“There are players in that United squad to play good attacking football.

“We found it strange after Saturday. [Rashford] played up the right side to bring Sanchez into his best position.

“I think Marcus’ best position is on the left side. [Sanchez] gave the ball away so many times.

“Surely your manager has to say, you’ve had 10 games now, the last four or five games he’s not been good.

“I think he has to choose his best front three and be brave enough to leave one out. At the minute Sanchez has to be left out.”

Fellow pundit Gerrard agreed, describing Sanchez’s performance as “poor”.

“If you want to progress you need your big players to perform. None of them turned up for Mourinho tonight,” the former Liverpool midfielder added.

“I think it’s to get the best out of Sanchez but, for me, flipping Rashford on the right side would help United no end here.”

And Ferdinand stuck the boot in to finish the attack.

“Sanchez looks like a shadow of his former self,” he said.

“When he was at Arsenal, he was a player everyone looked to for inspiration. Here he looks like a stranger.

“When you go to a new team, you don’t lose your talent. Something isn’t going for him.”

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