Former Manchester United Paul Ince believes that the arrival of Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford is responsible for Paul Pogba’s loss of form.
Results have not yielded up since Sanchez came and United failing to defeat in two of their last three Premier League outings.
“Since Sanchez joined the club, Pogba’s confidence and mood seem to have gone in the opposite direction to earlier in the season,” the former England midfielder wrote for Paddy Power.
“He looks like a totally different player.
“It’s probably due to the fact that, pre-Sanchez, he was the main man. He was the kingpin and the one everyone was talking about.
“But the arrival of Sanchez has taken the shine off him. What I would say is, at United, you’re all main men. You should all perform like that, too.
“Looking at the Newcastle game, you could see from his body language that he’s fed up. Whatever it is, it’s a problem that needs addressing.”
Sadio Mane admits that he has suffered a roller-coaster campaign after being punished in a one-on-one clash with goalkeeper Ederson in their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in September.
After his three-match suspension, Mane received a hamstring injury and looked short of confidence for several weeks.
When asked whether his red card affected him, “Yeah, it was not my wish but it happened.”
“It was tough on me but it is part of football and can happen. I never doubted how I could help the team and I never stopped working hard every day in training.
“I always tried to remain balanced, even when it was not working, because it is my job and I have to do it.
“I don’t know how to describe it but it can happen to every single player and in my mind I was relaxed that it will change.”
It seems that the huge pay increase that was given to Alexis Sanchez affected some great players and that is the same with David De Gea whose situation at Old Trafford could make him ask for more.
De Gea, has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and may be ready to demand at least £375,000 a week to sign a new deal.
The Spain international knows about Sanchez’ terms and since his contract will be ending next season, he knows how to also increase his worth.
Jose Mourinho also announced last month that they are willing to offer De Gea a new contract that will secure him at the club for his entire career.
Since Sanchez demanded a very hefty price for his worth, this has also completely altered De Gea and his people to view his next deal and how much he is really worth since Madrid is still interested.
Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes that Alexis Sanchez is perfect for the club and may help in lifting Romelu Lukaku.
Sanchez swapped Arsenal for United rivals during the January transfer window and was able to score in his debut in Saturday’s win 2-0 against Huddersfield Town.
Wayne Rooney is United’s all-time leading goalscorer but is now playing for his boyhood club Everton believes that Sanchez can inspire the Red Devils as they have not wanted the title since Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2012-13.
“For me he’s the perfect player for Manchester United. He’s got aggression, he’s got passion, desire and you can see he’s a winner,
“Them players lift the other players and get an extra 10 per cent of the players around him. I think Alexis Sanchez will do that.”
Lukaku also scored against Huddersfield and has been criticised for his performances. Rooney believes that the presence of Sanchez could ease the burden on the Belgium international.
“I think that’s what Manchester United have lacked, players around Lukaku who are going to push Lukaku on as well and try help him get a bit more freedom and score more goals,” Rooney added.
Everton striker Wayne Rooney warned Tottenham that their star Harry Kane could them if they do not win trophies soon.
Kane who is linked with Real Madrid has established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, as he was able to win back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.
The 24-year-old also tops the scoring charts again this season with 22 after he was able to reach 100 Premier League goals at their game against Liverpool where they were able to draw 2-2.
“At the moment, he is probably the best striker in Europe,” Everton veteran Rooney said.
“He can go where he wants to, he’s that good. He is like a young Alan Shearer. He scores all different types of goals.
“The problem that Tottenham are going to have is that his motivation is goals, but his motivation is going to change from goals to trophies.
“And if Tottenham don’t win trophies in the next year, maybe two, he is going to want to move elsewhere to win trophies.
“That is a decision he is going to have to make in the next year or two, but Tottenham have also got to make a decision — bring more players in and have a real push to win the Premier League.”
“The goals are great, and they take you to a certain level. But the top players are remembered for the trophies they have won. The trophies take you on to that next level.
“I think if Harry Kane was in Man City’s team and was going to win the Premier League this season, people would be talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.”
Manchester United have officially completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez on Monday from Arsenal, but Jose Mourinho is not yet done as he now targets Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool were linked with Seri just as United which they could get for £35 million.
Alexis Sanchez, on the other hand, has already pinpointed the position on where he wants to play for the club.
The Chilean want a position on the left where either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford usually fill, and down the centre.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez are now with their respective new clubs with the announcement of their arrival happening on Monday.
The two athletes have already done their medical in their respective new clubs with Sanchez is expected to be officially announced as part of the new team for Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan, on the other hand, is just completing a couple more demands before he can be announced. However, he is already in central London and is smiling as his transfer is almost complete.
Jose Mourinho insisted that he wants to provide competition among his Manchester United forwards, which is why he is excited about the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.
While Mourinho has plenty of defensive and midfield options, one of his top picks, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is indisposed again which only gives him three players to choose from.
“We need that extra internal competition,” he said.
The Chilean international already took his medical on Sunday and has already flew to United from Arsenal as he posted a video on his Instagram account at a private airfield.
Sanchez will wear the No 7 shirt at Old Trafford and may make his debut in the FA Cup against Yeovil on Friday night.
Leicester manager Claude Puel says that there has been no progress on transfers for players both in or out at the moment.
The 2015-16 Premier League champions have been linked with several players this month with two bids for Marseille full-back Bouna Sarr rejected according to reports.
Puel is still looking for players to add to his squad and addressed the situation in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Watford.
“We are not close at the moment to sign any player. I think we work normally in this window.
“It is important to keep our focus about our transfer window. If we cannot find a good player with good attributes, who can strengthen the squad, I think it is important to keep this squad, because they have a fantastic attitude.
“If we can improve the squad we will sign a player but at the moment we are not close.
“For Slimani, I cannot give all the details about an individual player.
“I repeat what I have said all along, we have a lot of strikers and we need to make a good balance in the team and give some game time for all the players.
“We will see if some player can win some game time at other clubs. We have to discuss with these players.”
Arsene Wenger has finally revealed that Alexis Sanchez could officially become a Manchester United player today.
According to Wenger, the deal was likely to happen within 24 hours. If United wanted Sanchez to play against Burnley, they have to sign him within midday.
As part of the deal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will also move to Arsenal although he was pictured training at Carrington on Thursday.
If it’s a possibility, it’s because I like the player,” Wenger said.
“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He certainly appreciated the quality of our game and the way we play football. That’s why certainly he loves the club as well.”
Jose Mourinho will also have a press conference at lunchtime to make announcements.