Photo: Alexis Sanchez heads out to training early in preparation for Sevilla clash

by Leo Nieboer

Alexis Sanchez was the first out for training on a rainy day at Carrington as the Chilean prepares for Manchester United’s clash with Sevilla on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old has struggled to have an impact in front of goal since arriving over the January transfer window, scoring just once in nine appearances.

But his performance during the 2-1 win over Liverpool was the most convincing so far, with the forward rapidly moving the ball through the lines and supplying a wondrous cross for Juan Mata, whose bicycle kick attempt went narrowly wide.

And Sanchez has made a statement by heading out for training – which was open to public viewing for the first half an hour – earlier than anyone else.

Sanchez has not performed poorly since joining United but will know that he can – and needs to – offer much more in an attacking sense.

His overall play has significantly bolstered Mourinho’s side as a collective unit. The Chilean’s remarkable work rate, for one thing, adds further energy to the midfield and he has, at points, delivered killer final passes that will no doubt help United as an attacking side.

Better finishing would have seen him claim assists against Sevilla and Liverpool, with Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata respectively failing to take advantage of pinpoint passes from the former Arsenal forward. But he needs to start making an impact of his own; perhaps his early emergence for training is a sign that he is looking to add more to his current game.

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