Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wasn’t pleased with the performance of Alexis Sanchez in Wednesday’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, reports the official club website.
The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Spurs, registering only six shots in the 90 minutes, none of which came from the boot of Alexis. The Chilean was given a full 90 minutes at Wembley, showing the occasional flashes of ability but ultimately disappointed.
Mourinho felt the January-signing wasn’t close enough to lone striker Romelu Lukaku against Tottenham, instead coming too deep in possession rather than creating an opening in advanced areas. He said: “He worked hard, but again the transformation the game had, the game was not for him.
“In the second half, I tried to give him a position where he could be closer to (Romelu) Lukaku but then he felt the need to drop too much to organise. But he gave everything, good effort and this is a good feeling for me to know that the player is available with that spirit.”
Alexis joined from Arsenal on January 22, in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way. The former scored 80 goals in over 160 games for Arsenal before coming to Old Trafford, so performances are bound to improve.
He failed to take a shot or create a chance on Wednesday but did take players on and put balls into the box, so his full league debut wasn’t exactly a disaster. There’s still plenty of the season remaining, and he’s likely to get another chance to impress on Saturday when United play host to Huddersfield Town.