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Newcastle exposed a major Alexis Sanchez & Romelu Lukaku problem

Newcastle United 1 – Manchester United 0

Man United blew it on Sunday away at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez’s side picked up an enormous three points thanks to a 1-0 win over the Red Devils.

The hero for the Magpies was midfielder Matt Ritchie. He drilled home a left footed shot after Chris Smalling gave away a free-kick for diving.

The win boosted Newcastle’s hopes of beating the drop as they shot up to 13th in the table.

Man United remain second, however they are 16 points behind champions elect Man City.

Alexis Sanchez & Romelu Lukaku problem

On Monday in the Times, columnist Tony Cascarino has posted his thoughts on a major problem flagged up for Man United in the Newcastle defeat.

Cascarino believes that Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have yet to prove that they can play together.

That’s obviously a major worry for Red Devils supporters. Lukaku cost 75 million pounds, while Sanchez is costing United a huge amount in wages after his move from Arsenal in January.

Cascarino has argued the following:

Manchester United have a fixed point in their striker Romelu Lukaku and are therefore predictable.

I feel for Lukaku as it’s not his fault, but United’s formulaic style does not suit Alexis Sánchez.

They have spent all that money but are such a long way from the days of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

If they are to be a success with Sánchez I don’t see how Lukaku fits in, particularly for tough away games.

For the record, Sanchez has played four matches for United since joining. The results are two wins and two defeats, while Sanchez has scored once: a rebound after his penalty against Huddersfield was saved.

Also see: How Jena Frumes watched Newcastle vs Man United & cheering up Jesse Lingard.

Chris Smalling was an idiot, Newcastle were robbed.

Serena Williams' 5-Month-Old Daughter Alexis Olympia Cheers On Her Mom at Fed Cup

Serena Williams had a very special guest cheering her on at the Fed Cup on Saturday: 5-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

The 36-year-old tennis champ shared a video from the tennis court to her Instagram Stories, showing husband Alexis Ohanian holding their adorable child from their courtside seats.

Alexis appeared happy at the match, wearing a pink and white headband with an oversized pink flower.

It was a special occasion for Williams, as she was making her competitive return to tennis at the Fed Cup after giving birth to Alexis in September.

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RELATED: Prepare to ‘Aww’: Inside the Cuddly Life of Serena Williams’ Daughter, Alexis Olympia

In January, Williams was supposed to return to the Australian Open —which she won last year when she was about eight weeks pregnant— but withdrew from the competition in September after playing (and losing) her first post-maternity match.

“After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams wrote on Snapchat, referencing her Dec. 30 defeat. “My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ With that being said I am disappointed to say I’ve decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year.

“However, the memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open,” she concluded.

Williams’ friend Caroline Wozniacki went on to win won the Australian Open and became the new world No. 1.

The Fed Cup will have Williams playing in the first-round matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday and Sunday.

And helping her defend the country’s Fed Cup championship is her sister Venus Williams. It will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the team.

RELATED VIDEO: Serena Williams’ Daughter Adorably Passes Out in Her Father Alexis Ohanian’s Arms

Meanwhile, last week, Alexis Olympia got a tennis racquet of her very own — Williams sharing a shot of her daughter holding a tiny Wilson tennis racquet (The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s roster of sponsors includes Wilson Sporting Goods Co.).

“Olympia Ohanian, at match point, championship point, even without her shoes she’s hard to beat. Serving now For her 12th Wimbledon title. 3 more than her mum Serena. @wilsontennis @olympiaohanian,” the mother of one captioned the picture of her infant, predicting the tot’s tennis future.

The photo also marks Alexis Olympia’s first tennis-themed photo on social media since her Sept. 1 birth.

Video: Further proof that Alexis Sanchez is a proper Man United player

Alexis Sanchez has been videoed working hard in the gym on his own ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Chile international netted his first Man United goal since arriving in the January transfer window during the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Sources at Carrington have claimed that Sanchez has been staying behind for an extra half an hour to work on various aspects of his game every day.

And after training in the morning, Sanchez stayed behind to put in further hours in the gym.

I’ve been studying Sanchez closely since he joined, attempting to pick up an idea of what sort of person he is, what drives him.

His facial expression doesn’t give much away. He seems to be locked into a kind of ‘zone’ which prohibits his face from ever changing too much: rarely smiling, rarely frowning, occasionally letting out bursts of anger when things aren’t going his way.

The best way I can describe him, I think, is all-consuming. In every sense. He is less about specific goals but more the attitude he adopt to get them, which is always essentially full-throttle, ruthlessly driving forward, never resting, always wanting more.

And this is why he joined United and indeed why he is now the highest paid player in the world. His indefatigability impacts every aspect of his life, and has finally moved on from the Emirates – and I can only imagine he stayed there for as long as he did because of his undisputed alpha status – to scale bigger obstacles, and assert himself as one of the most menacing forwards in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger defends Alexis Sanchez over Man United move

Full commitment

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Alexis Sanchez this week and especially his final few months at the Gunners.

Some chose to question the players commitment before the move to Manchester United, with his head having been turned.

The contract rebel had decided to move on and wanted to move in January but his move to Manchester City fell through.

Thankfully for him, Man United came in and offered him an extortionate wage to sign for them.

The player played several matches in the lead up to the move and Arsene Wenger moved quickly to defend him over those few matches.

That is because the French boss has admitted that he does everything to win when he is on the pitch.

“Sanchez, for him it was very difficult because as soon as he had a game that was average he was questioned about his commitment and that is not his case,” Wenger told BT Sport, cited by the Mirror. 

“When he is on the football pitch he wants to win. But it was a bit unfair to him I think.

“I don’t know [if Sanchez was unsettling the rest of the squad], our results in the future will show that.

“What was a bit unfair to Sanchez: he was questioned every time. Is he committed or not committed?

“There was always a debate and then, of course, it starts to unsettle a little bit but I never questioned his commitment but it was a difficult situation.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes big Arsenal admission after Man Utd failure

The player who went in the other direction, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has also been speaking about his move today.

The Armenian was part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United, while he went to Arsenal.

Now, the player has made an admission on his Arsenal hopes.

Click here to find out what he had to say. 

Alexis Sanchez details why he left Arsenal for Man United

‘It’s the biggest club in England’

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has detailed exactly why he left Arsenal for Jose Mourinho’s side in the January transfer window.

The Chilean was refusing to sign a new deal at Arsenal with his current deal set to come to an end in the summer.

While it looked certain he would join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he eventually signed for their Manchester rivals.

There has been much talk about him moving to the Red Devils and now he has been speaking about exactly why he did.

Safe to say, his decision was comprehensive and he looks to have had no doubts!

“I think that Manchester United, since I was young – and I’m not just saying this because I’m here, I’m an honest guy and I never lie – I think it’s the biggest club in England. That’s what I think,” Sanchez told Thierry Henry on Sky Sports.

“There are lots of big clubs, and having played for Arsenal, they are also one of them. It’s a huge club and I was there.

“But coming here, looking at the badge, I think United have to win everything because it’s such a big club. The club crest says it all.

“I came here to win [things]. I left Arsenal because I wanted to develop and learn as a player and get to experience a new club.

“Manchester United are a huge club on the global stage. I came here to win everything. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have come here.”

Arsene Wenger defends Alexis Sanchez over Man United move

One man who knows the quality of Alexis first hand is Arsene Wenger.

The French boss brought him to the Premier League and knows exactly how hard working he is.

Now, he’s been speaking about the weeks leading up to Sanchez’s move to Manchester.

Click here to find out what he had to say. 

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez signing breaks records, club chief reveals

The signing of Alexis Sanchez broke footballing records, Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward has revealed.

Revealing the club’s quarterly figures, Woodward spoke about the January transfer window’s biggest move in a conference call with investors.

Woodward, the club’s highest-up public figure who represents the owners, the Glazers, in every way, was delighted with the commercial impact of Sanchez signing.

Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal at the club midway through the month and shirt sales broke records for a mid-season transfer.

“Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales – three times that previous record,” Woodward revealed, referring to all clubs, not just United.

In terms of social media, Sanchez’s deal was the biggest ever for the club, and trumped Brazilian star Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain from FC Barcelona last summer, football’s most expensive ever deal.

“This trade [Sanchez’s move to United] generated some interesting social media stats,” Woodward continued.

“It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever and #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

“To put all that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interaction than the sale of the world’s most expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.”

Ed Woodward explains why Alexis Sanchez's wages aren't a problem at Man United

Ed Woodward has made it clear that Manchester United can easily afford Alexis Sanchez’s wages along with the new demands of Jose Mourinho’s contract.

The Chilean international arrived at the club over the January transfer window in a straight swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the other way.

Sanchez’s wages have been heavily disputed and argued over, with estimations over his income ranging between £350,000 to £500,000 a week. He is thought to earn £14m a year after tax.

And Woodward, speaking at an annual investors call, made it clear that the club’s business model could easily account for Sanchez’s wages.

Woodward, a marketing man by trade, initially attracted plenty of criticism from supporters after replacing David Gill, but his role in ensuring United – unlike, say, Liverpool – remain a global financial superpower in an era without Premier League titles, capable of making someone the highest paid player in the game, deserves enormous praise.

Social media predictably spewed over Sanchez’s wage packet and rightly so. Nobody on the planet needs anywhere near half a million in their bank account every week, after all, and underlines the gross economic inequality in today’s modern world that will only grow exponentially over the years until we all essentially live in places reminiscent of Dubai.

But this was something United were willing to do as a kind of necessary financial evil ahead of the summer transfer window – a crucial period in ensuring United can close the gap with Manchester City – to remind everyone that nobody, for the possible exception of Paris Saint Germain, can eclipse their purchasing power and ability to attract the very best.

Agent reacts to Alexis Sanchez's suspended sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich has insisted that his client has committed no crime after the 29-year-old accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.

The Chile international faced going to trial for unpaid taxes amounting to around £886,000 from a series of image rights deals in 2012 and 2013.

He has accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in exchange for avoiding a wearisome trial and will most likely have to hand over a large wad of money as well.

And Felicevich, speaking soon after the verdict was reached by the court, insisted that Sanchez had only accepted the “unfair pact” in order to avoid a time-consuming trial.

“In these circumstances, and despite having shown that Alexis has not committed any crime, we have been forced, on the recommendation of our advisers, to accept the unfair pact offered and thus alleviate the emotional, personal and economic wear and tear that endures long and tedious oral trials, where the media are used to publicly expose and judge facts of private nature,” he said.

Sanchez is by no means the first footballer who, during his time in Spain, fell into a spot of bother over taxes. Luka Modric, for example, had to pay 1m euro to settle an image rights tax case of his own last year, while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also faced similar tax charges, prompting the latter to express a desire to leave Spain over the summer.

Even Jose Mourinho had to visit court in Spain this season over financial matters but later insisted that he wasn’t there for any particular wrongdoing.

The tax system in Spain appears to be quite porous to say the least, especially for those in the highest band, and you can only wonder whether the players themselves even know that they’re doing anything wrong.