Jamie Carragher has revealed why Jose Mourinho keep selecting Alexis Sanchez in all United’s starting line-up since the Chilean’s arrival.
The Chilean who has now played eight games for the Red Devils scoring just once, had another disappointing game in United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Monday.
And Liverpool legend Carragher is less impressed with the attacker.
“It’s early days in his United career,” Carragher said. “He’s quite erratic in terms of his ball possession and what he does with the ball.
“If he wasn’t Alexis Sanchez, what he’s done in the past, would he (Mourinho) leave him out? He lost the ball 34, 35 times – it’s astonishing for a player of that quality.
“If that was Rashford, he’d have no chance of playing at the weekend. He doesn’t seem to have much discipline to his position.”
Former United’s defender – Gary Neville added;
“Alexis was poor tonight,” Neville said on Monday Night Football. “There’s no doubt about it. I find him in matches a lot of his game is spent there, he’s trying to play one-twos 40 yards from goal.
“I’d like most of his touches, which is difficult, he needs to work in that area more (on the left edge of the penalty area).
“He has to try and get into that position. He played centre-forward a lot for Arsenal, I wondered whether, at the weekend vs Liverpool, Jose Mourinho might rotate a little bit and play him as a centre-forward – he’s tried him everywhere else and it’s not quite working at the moment and maybe save Lukaku for Sevilla.
“He’s got to try get Alexis into form. I don’t see him as a right-sided player, he’s played on the left tonight and he looked frustrated. He’s got to try get him out of centre-midfield.”