“Will not take him long to win over their fans” Former Liverpool star’s take on £14m-a-year Manchester United signing

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has said that he is loving Alexis Sanchez’s desire of impressing Manchester United fans to every bit and is sure that he will become an utter fan favourite at the Theatre of Dreams in no time.

Sanchez completed his Manchester United move from Arsenal on January 23 in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan travel the other way in what was a straight swap deal. The £14m-a-year Chilean had a dream start to his new life as he went on to claim two assists on his debut – a 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup. A complete contrast game followed for the 29-year-old as United were humiliated by Tottenham 2-0 at the Wembley in the Premier League.

United recently welcomed David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town to Old Trafford and Sanchez remained the focal point of all of United’s attacks. It was the Chilean who won United a penalty and although he missed it from the spot, he made it up with a tapping the rebound in after Jonas Lossl parried the ball in his way. Sanchez has so far played 3 games for Manchester United and has already been fouled 15 times, seven of which came against Huddersfield – which is most for a single player in a Premier League game this season.

Some accuse him of losing possession easily, but there remains a fact that stopping him would automatically cut down his team’s chances of launching an attack, hence the fouls. Redknapp rightly described this by quoting,

“Players are not going out to kick Sanchez because he earns £600,000 a week. It is simply because nobody can get near enough to get the ball off him!”

Many Manchester United supporters have already branded Alexis has the new hero of the Stretford End, but many are still doubting his capabilities. Talking about it, Jamie Redknapp said that he’s sure Alexis Sanchez won’t take much time to establish himself as a crowd favourite at Old Trafford.

“It is no coincidence that Sanchez was fouled just four times in his last three games for Arsenal. His head was turned by the prospect of a move and he lacked the desire to get on the ball,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“What this shows is how much Sanchez wants to impress the Manchester United fans. He has got back that devilment which made the Arsenal supporters fall in love with him.

“When Sanchez signed, I said he was born to play for United. It will not take him long to win over their fans, too.”

Manchester United next face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United at the St. James’ Park on Sunday and every United faithful will be hoping for a good result.