Alexis Sanchez shines while Fred is faultless on full Manchester united debut

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.

Liverpool vs Stoke City preview

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Liverpool have a selection dilemma ahead of the visit of Stoke, with only three fit senior midfielders available.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the latest to have his season ended after he sustained knee ligament damage in the midweek win over Roma. That could lead to an opening for youngster Ben Woodburn to feature alongside Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Forward Sadio Mane is unlikely to be risked after he was pictured visiting a private hospital on Thursday, although Klopp insisted the Senegal international’s problem was not serious.

Provisional squad: Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Van Dijk, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Woodburn, Salah, Ings, Firmino, Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Clyne, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Jones, Kane, Solanke.

Liverpool  Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Andrew Robertson drop to the bench; no risks are taken with Sadio Mané; and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is of course sadly injured. In come Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings. That man Mo Salah therefore continues his bid to become 2017-18’s leading Premier League scorer.

Stoke City  Just the one change from the side that drew with Burnley last week. Kurt Zouma comes in for the injured Glen Johnson, who is denied a run-out at his old place of work.

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting from 11.30am. Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.