Phil Neville: Manchester United will be given a massive boost by Alexis Sanchez arrival

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United legend Phil Neville has claimed the club will receive a massive boost should Alexis Sanchez complete his transfer.

An announcement is expected soon with the Arsenal star reportedly slotting into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI with relative ease.

United have been calling out for a natural winger since the Portuguese manager signed to become the club’s manager and it appears as though he’s finally gotten his man.

With the Red Devils reportedly beating their fierce rivals Manchester City to the deal, fans will surely rejoice at the transfer.

Neville believes though that there were other factors involved with just why Mourinho went in to buy Sanchez relatively out of the blue.

According to Team Talk, Phil said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would have thought maybe a month ago Alexis Sanchez wouldn’t have come on the radar.

“All of a sudden, every now and again there comes a signing that you have to make, or if he’s available you have to try and make.

“Sanchez, because of the form of Liverpool in particular… I think it’s maybe hurried up the need for someone to come in and, not secure United’s second place, but actually give them a massive, massive boost.

“I think United will finish in the top four and in second place but the form of Liverpool must be a worry because they’re playing unbelievable at this moment in time.

“And the Sanchez deal, I think not only does it lift Manchester United, I think maybe taking him off City gives them a little bit of a boost as well.”

Manchester United’s current wingers aren’t the most inspiring bunch with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia the manager’s options out wide.

Martial and Rashford are clearly two talented youngsters but they aren’t natural wingers and the hope is that one day they’ll be leading the line for the club as strikers.

Mata and Mkhitaryan are attacking midfielders who have been shoved out wide, sacrificed for the team’s overall starting XI.

Lingard featured as a winger and even wing-back at times during the early parts of his career but has reiterated his desire to play in the number ten role, a role that’s seen him perform wonderfully in recent matches.

Young and Valencia meanwhile have been pretty much retrained to be full-backs and their days as wingers are perhaps long gone.

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