Manchester United legend Dennis Irwin has heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez after another tremendous performance on the pre-season tour of the United States.
Alexis scored the opener and provided a clever assist for the second on top of forming an exciting partnership with Juan Mata up front as Man United beat European champions Real Madrid 2-1 in Miami, Florida.
The victory was United’s first of pre-season in normal time but regardless of results, Alexis has looked like a new signing in the friendlies he’s featured in after missing the opener against Club America due to visa issues.
Former United defender Irwin has been working as a pundit with MUTV for their coverage of the pre-season preparations across the pond and had lots of positive things to say about Alexis after full-time at the Hard Rock Stadium.
“Alexis was excellent. We held firm and defended really well in the second half,” Irwin said. “Whenever Alexis got hold of the ball, he did brilliantly to hang on to possession which was important for us. It was good to see him doing so well.”
The 29-year-old struggled to make an impact last season after arriving from Arsenal in the January transfer window, but after having his first summer of rest in nearly a decade he looks as sharp as ever before.
In order to progress in the 2018-19 campaign, United will need goals from elsewhere rather than solely Romelu Lukaku and Alexis could prove to be one of the highest contributors not just at the club, but in the Premier League if he can continue his form.