Manchester United supporters were overwhelmed with the signing of Alexis Sanchez last night. The Chile international becomes one of United’s best captures of the transfer window, and the fans have already picked his potential position in the United lineup.
Both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have been in the peak of their forms of late, and the United faithful have been in majority picked Juan Mata as the player to make way to compensate for Alexis Sanchez on the right side of the attack.
itching Mata more likely than Lingard to give way. Either way it's an upgrade for United. Sanchez consistent and ruthless.
— Fred The Red (@Fred_Red_MUFC) January 22, 2018
Sanchez at United will be interesting. I'm guessing it ends Mata's career there? Or maybe Martial's.
Again, I think Martial leaving for Sanchez at peak for two years would be very short-termist.
— Fitzchiv (@Fitzchiv) January 22, 2018
He will. Same position also. Sanchez will displace Mata who we already know Jose does not rate due to pace.
— Kevin Opala (@celtickev) January 22, 2018
Agree with what most of you are saying that Mata most likely to lose place after arrival of Sanchez. Form Martial and Lingard are in, they're bullet-proof
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) January 22, 2018
Sánchez won’t but neither will Lingard. Mourinho won’t drop him the way he’s been playing. Mata more likely to be the one to drop out
— Jamie Devlin (@JamieDevlin1988) January 22, 2018
Mata has not been a regular on the scoresheet unlike his attack partners, and though, the Spaniard brings more to the game with his intrinsic passing, his chances of regular gametime look bleak. The 29-year-old currently has a contract lasting until the end of the season, and reports have emerged that Valencia could seek to pursue the attacker on a Bosman in the summer.
Meanwhile, the United fans may get a first glimpse on Sanchez during Friday night’s FA Cup outing versus Yeovil Town. The Chilean could fancy his chances of getting into the scoresheet on his debut with his tireless workrate likely to pose a constant threat to the struggling League Two outfit.