Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that he believes the signing of Alexis Sanchez has already helped to improve some of Jose Mourinho’s players before the Chile international has even kicked a ball for the Old Trafford club.
The 44-year-old who has recently been appointed Wales manager wrote in his latest Sky Sports column:
“Alexis Sanchez is similar to Robin van Persie in the sense that they’re getting a ready-made superstar and you’re seeing the contribution already with Anthony Martial upping his performances,”
“That can happen when top players come in, those around them lift their levels, and there will be some difficult selection decisions for Jose Mourinho.
“However, Sanchez can also play on the right, as he did at Barcelona, so if Martial is flying then he may have to play in a different position, but those sort of decisions are positive for a manager to have to make.
“It is an extra bonus that he can play in the Champions League. To have somebody like that, who won’t be fazed by playing in the big games, makes the squad look really strong.”
Giggs is Manchester United’s record appearance maker having donned the famous red jersey a mind boggling 963 times, and is English football’s most decorated player of all time having won the Premier League on 13 occasions, so he certainly knows a thing or two about what kind of players will fit in at Old Trafford.
Sanchez’s transfer has of course been dominating the headlines for the last couple of weeks, and he is set to make his debut for his new club on Friday in their FA Cup fourth round tie away to League Two side Yeovil.
Although, the Premier League title looks destined for the Etihad this season, United boss Jose Mourinho will be optimistic that his clubs new signing from Arsenal will increase his sides chances of success in the Champions League and FA Cup.
Sanchez will inherit the famous number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, and he will also become the first ever player from Chile to represent United.