Former Chelsea striker and TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has urged Manchester United to compete for the services of Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international has just six months on his Gunners deal, and he is widely expected to the club in either January or the end of the season.
Writing for The Times, Cascarino believes Jose Mourinho should pursue the 29-year-old, ahead of rivals Manchester City as he could assure of a regular starting spot. Robin van Persie was a huge success during United’s previous title triumph in 2013, and the 55-year-old believes Sanchez could make a difference in the attack front.
“Lingard’s success is symbolic of why United will finish second, or even third, and Manchester City will cruise to the title,” he told The Times. “I think United should try to snatch Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. They managed it with Robin van Persie, and Mourinho would be able to offer him assured starts, whereas he might face more competition at City.”
Sanchez has had a mixed campaign with the Gunners, where he has had a few average performances, but that may be directly associated with his contract situation. The Chilean is undoubtedly one of the best attackers when playing at full throttle, but he is more adept playing on the left side of the attack, where United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to depend on.
Experience is something which has been lacking in the United attack of late, but any potential deal for Sanchez looks far off with the forward more inclined to sealing a reunion with Pep Guardiola at City.