Alexis Sanchez broke his own unwanted record against Newcastle. The recently transferred Chilean gave the ball away 36 times during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to The Magpies.
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This brings his lost possession stats to 125 since his transfer from Arsenal.
Sanchez will need time to get used to the Mourinho style of play but the start he has had could not have been any worse. The match against Newcastle also included a horrific open goal miss which left some Man United fans clutching at straws.
Those criticising Sanchez’ miss. The wind was about 11mph to the right of the goal. The ball was also behind his kicking leg with a spin of right to left meaning any connection was impossible. The angle was also near impossible. The grass wetness also made it difficult to hit. pic.twitter.com/MP5z8RGAtQ
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) February 11, 2018
No doubt Pep Guardiola is quietly chuckling to himself after seeing these eye-opening stats.
Some Man Utd fans jumped to defend Sanchez proclaiming him the best player on the pitch but stats like these rarely lie.
Sanchez stats vs Newcastle
-64% of passes completed
-0 shots on target
-50% of dribbles completed
For a reported 500k a week, things need to improve quickly. With Sanchez’s incredible work rate and desire to improve, we are sure they will get better.