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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.

Pundit makes damning statement on Sanchez transfer

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has not held back on his assessment of Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United and what it could mean for Marcus Rashford.

The youngster has reportedly been moved to sit alongside the Chilean international in the club’s dressing room as it appears that Jose Mourinho wants the latter to mentor the former.

In theory the move is exactly what Rashford needs as he could certainly learn a lot from a ready made, star player like Sanchez.

Good players improve by playing with better players and on paper it doesn’t seem like the two are likely to cause each other any problems.

However, Redknapp believes that Alexis’ transfer is only going to harm Marcus, stopping him from developing any further and hurt his future England plans.

According to Caught Offside, Jamie said to Sky Sports: “I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford,’ the former Liverpool man told Sky Sports.

“Some would say that great players come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.

“That’s what football is like. When I signed for Liverpool at the age of 17, I went straight ahead of all the other players in the youth team because I had been bought in from outside.

“It’s the same with Sanchez now. Due to his reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.

“It’s the hardest thing for a young English player. You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you. Your club have signed a world star.

“Mourinho has said Sanchez can be an inspiration to Rashford but I don’t think that’s what he needs right now. We’re talking about an established England international. There is only one way to learn, and it’s not by sitting next to someone in the dressing room, it’s by playing in the team.”

The pundit’s accusations seem to be pretty wild, particularly since it’s too early to make any judgement on the effect of Alexis Sanchez on Marcus Rashford‘s development.

However, if one was to go on what has already happened so far this season then one can assumed the Englishman should be safe of what Jamie Redknapp has said.

Rashford has been Mourinho’s go to player from the moment the Portuguese boss arrived at Old Trafford and he has consistently called upon the academy product, showing his faith in the young man’s talent.

In terms of positions, yes Sanchez has a preference to play on the left wing but his versatility is perhaps what encouraged Jose to chase after him so desperately.

Sanchez: I joined Man United to win the things that Arsenal never can

Alexis Sanchez has rubbished suggestions he joined Manchester United for financial reasons, instead citing his desire to win major trophies.

The Chilean signed a four-and-half-year deal at the club in the January transfer window, and will be earning at least £350,000 per week. Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in a straight player swap deal, and the month’s biggest transfer saga.

He netted his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town last weekend, having been named Man of the Match on his debut in the FA Cup Fourth Round demolition of League Two Yeovil Town.

With Man United having won two major pieces of silverware last campaign, the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League, Sanchez insisted that he joined the club in order to win.

“I came here to win. 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,” Sanchez said.

“I came here to win everything. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have come here.

“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.”

The forward has already spoken of his admiration of United as a kid watching from afar in Chile, and stated that he has no doubt that the Reds are England’s biggest football club.

“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,” he continued. “That’s what I think.”

With United still in the FA Cup, where they’ll face Huddersfield in the fifth round, as well as sitting second in the Premier League and preparing to play Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League, Sanchez will be hoping he can get his hands on a trophy immediately.

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.”