14 May 2018 20:24:51
I'm interested to see how Sanchez starts next season with a full pre season and no distractions under his belt! Also whilst everyone else is playing in the World Cup!

1.) 14 May 2018
14 May 2018 21:13:17
we will never see the best of him while he spends half a game on the edge of his own area or in his own half looking for the ball - then he needs to understand the importance of not giving the ball away which is something that exasperated Wenger and his Arsenal team mates - hopefully then we can really see how good he is.

2.) 14 May 2018
14 May 2018 21:20:46
I've watched Sanchez with interest since he signed and I must confess I've been underwhelmed.

I was ecstatic when he came and honestly believed we'd got a player that would consistently deliver goals and assists and really improve our team but I'm not sure that's been the case.

Unfortunately he's not the player I expected. It's funny how you can often get the wrong impression of players from watching the odd game on TV or highlights on Match of the Day.

I thought we were getting a wide man with pace that could dribble, shoot and deliver quality crosses into the box. Someone that was a real threat on the counter and could carry the ball from one end to the other before playing a killer pass or cross.

In reality Sanchez is more of a midfield player. He likes the ball into feet, he likes to play quick one twos around the box, he's good on the ball in tight spaces where he can twist and turn with his low centre of gravity. He's always far too deep congesting the midfield, he rarely plays wide and constantly comes inside leaving us with no width and he prefers the ball to feet rather than making penetrating runs. In some respects he's very similar to Mata, (although he does have more pace and is a better dribbler) but I'm just not convinced he's going to give us what we need to take us to the next level.

I think if we signed a proper right winger he'll be ok because he's a quality player but he's very similar to Lingard and Mata and we really lack width and penetration.

For all the talk of transfers over the summer I think the only way we'll really see a more attacking, exciting brand of football is if we sign a right winger. A player that stays wide and gives us width, a player that can carry the ball at pace and beat a man, a player that can deliver quality crosses into the box for Lukaku, a player that can make penetrating runs and stretch defences.

In some respects Martial and Rashford we're providing this kind of penetration earlier in the season where we witnessed some decent attacking performances and scored some goals but maybe they both lacked that real consistency to nail their place in the team.

I have no doubt that Sanchez will play predominantly from the left next season therefore I think a right winger is vitally important if we want to see a more exciting brand of football.

{Ed004's Note - Very very good post and I think you're spot on with what you're saying. I'd also like to add that I think we need to address whether Pogba and Sanchez can play together on the same side of the pitch without stepping on each other's toes. They both seem to occupy the same area of the pitch}

3.) 14 May 2018
14 May 2018 21:44:14
Good post mate, I’m still not clear why we signed Sanchez. Whatever the Eason it seems to have negatively impacted Rashford and Martial.

4.) 14 May 2018
14 May 2018 21:48:42
Thanks Ed and totally agree about Pogba.

Dare I throw Gareth Bale into the mix?

I know many are not convinced and worried about his injury record but my god a fit Gareth Bale galloping down the right wing or running beyond Lukaku would surely get us all back on the edge of our seats. If ever there was a Utd type player it's a fit and in form Gareth Bale.

I think it's a gamble worth taking because if he's managed correctly and played the right way he's the player that could help us bridge the gap.

{Ed004's Note - I was watching that Celta Vigo game the other day and Bale is still a world class player. I think he's probably the best player we could sign for the right side but not sure if he's the best option. I think though that over time and a bit of work during pre season we could get Sandro (new lb), Pogba and Sanchez working at a high level. When Sanchez comes inside would let Pogba drift wide and he's very effective there. If we signed someone capable of play wide right we also wouldn't have Mata or Lingard crowding the central areas as well}

5.) 15 May 2018
14 May 2018 23:54:57
Looking and at our squad and the players we're targeting maybe the plan is to play a diamond next year. Pogba on the left side and Sanchez at the top of it. Would need a dynamic midfielder for the right hand side - SMS? And new full backs to provide the width.

6.) 15 May 2018
15 May 2018 08:56:54
Nathaniel, that's what I would love to see. 442 diamond, that way we can play Pogba, Sanchez and Martial in thier best positions, we just need a couple of flying fullbacks. Sandro and Cancelo would be ideal.

7.) 15 May 2018
15 May 2018 09:24:58
regarding wide right, Mahrez anyone? decent age, wants a big club and epl proven.

8.) 15 May 2018
15 May 2018 09:28:40
Been calling for that system for over a year now shaps.

9.) 15 May 2018
15 May 2018 15:08:19
I'd like to see how that could work Shaps with Martial or Rashford pulling into that wide left channel.