Manchester United registered 2-0 victory over Swansea at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were the centre of attraction because of their big money move and recent criticism. However, it was Jesse Lingard who impressed most playing in no.10 role but he couldn’t take the limelight away from United new man Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean striker earned the respect he deserves as he provided assist and scored as well.
11 – Alexis Sanchez has both scored and assisted in 11 different Premier League games – only Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Firmino (12 each) have done so in more matches since the Chilean’s debut. Busy.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018
Sanchez suffered criticism in recent times because of lack of goals and assists since moving to Old Trafford. There were talks that he may become another Angel Di Maria at Old Trafford, referring to PSG man poor run here during his days. But Sanchez ends his criticism with his man of the match performance against Swansea.
Pleased to see Alexis Sánchez on the scoresheet. Hopefully he can kick on and get back to his world class form.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 31, 2018
Chilean first assisted Romelu Lukaku to score his 100th Premier League goal and then he goes on the scoresheet himself in the 20th minute to earn a comfortable 2-0 victory for United. It forced Daily Mail writer Jack Gaughan to write, “This was a start. This was his best afternoon for some time and a second United goal will restore a degree of confidence. So too will the affectionate slap on the head by Mourinho as he trudged off with 15 minutes to play to a standing ovation. Disappointment at being dragged off was etched all over his face but this is Manchester United, not Arsenal. This is Mourinho, not Wenger. He is not the bossy patriarch here.”
2-0 for Manchester United. Alexis Sanchez gets his name on the scoresheet. The Chilean also celebrates with his teammates. Not bad for a player who reportedly eats alone at AON Training Complex. #MUFC
— Naveen Ullal (@UllalIBT) March 31, 2018
“It felt hard to draw meaningful conclusions on where United and Sanchez are at against Swansea, who came here to be beaten despite an encouraging second-half flurry. Sanchez took his goal expertly, steering to Lukasz Fabianski’s right after a decent first touch under pressure, but a win in this style is the bare minimum. The finish was cool, though, and the way he ghosted off the left flank to meet Jesse Lingard’s clever through ball should also draw optimism from Mourinho. Yet, as with everything surrounding him, that is offset by his position still remaining an issue and probably will do for the remainder of this season. It would be discourteous to suggest Sanchez is a square peg out there – at his most dangerous when cutting inside – but he is certainly not perfectly round.”
Of course, he needs to deliver more regularly to shut everyone’s mouth, but it’s a good start. The next in line is Manchester derby and Sanchez has a better chance to capitalize on it with another man of the match performance.