Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pinpoints the reason Alexis Sanchez is struggling for form at Manchester United

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pinpoints the reason Alexis Sanchez is struggling for form at Manchester United

November 9, 2018 0 By Today news

ARSENE WENGER believes Alexis Sanchez has lost confidence following his January switch to Manchester United – but has backed the Chilean to return to his best shortly.

The 29-year-old has struggled for consistency since departing Arsenal for the Red Devils last season – netting just four goals under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United ace Alexis Sanchez has struggled following his January switch from Arsenal
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Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes Sanchez has lost his confidence at Old Traford
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He has often found himself on the bench this campaign – starting just five Premier League games – in which he has found the back of the net on one occasion.

But with striker Romelu Lukaku out injured, the two-time Copa America winner has impressed in his absence, where he is staking his place as a regular in the starting XI.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, former boss Wenger said: “I believe he has lost confidence.

“The strength of Alexis Sanchez is to take initiative to dribble and to take people on.

Sanchez, 29, has netted just once in ten games in all competitions this campaign
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Wenger believes Sanchez could soon return back to his best
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“These kind of players are most vulnerable when they have no confidence anymore because their game is based on confidence and feeling free to take initiative.

“He has lost that slowly, even with the interruption of the season, since the start of the season he looks like he had a high level of energy that he has lost as well.

“Certainly, he is refreshed now because Mourinho left him out for a while and he has a good opportunity to get back to where he belongs, as a top player.”

Sanchez could miss the crucial clash against rivals Manchester City on Sunday after he was seen clutching his thigh after being brought off against Juventus.