Alexis Sanchez shines while Fred is faultless on full Manchester united debut
After an inconsistent start to life at Old Trafford, Alexis Sanchez’s performance against Real Madrid in Miami served as further evidence that he is primed for his first full season at Manchester United.
Man Utd 2-1 Real Madrid – Tottenham 1-0 AC Milan
The Chilean had a hand in both goals against the European champions, clinically dispatching Matteo Darmian’s cross for the opener – his second goal of the US tour – before expertly laying on the second for Ander Herrera.
His work rate and endeavour in the second half, when his team-mates began to tire, was just as impressive. As Madrid gathered momentum, up popped Sanchez with a purposeful run to relieve the pressure on his defence.
There have been a number of standout performers on the American leg of United’s pre-season tour; Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira to name a few. But Sanchez’s enthusiasm throughout the gruelling two-and-a-half-week schedule sees him head and shoulders above the rest.
With the new Premier League season just nine days away, and with key attackers yet to return to the club after their exploits at this summer’s World Cup, Sanchez could well hold the key to success in the early stages of the season.