Scholes Criticizes  Mourinho, United Players, Says Sanchez Should Be Dropped.

 

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has castigated Jose Mourinho and the team for the UEFA Champions League loss to Sevilla while advising the manager to drop Alexis Sanchez.

United crashed out of the competition on Tuesday night after a devastating defeat to Sevilla sent the Spanish side through to the quarter-finals 2-1 on agreggate.

The Red Devils had only four shots on target over the two legs, which Mourinho dismissed as ‘just statistics’. But Scholes claimed the two performances were the styles of the Portuguese’s reign.

“That’s the way the manager likes to play, on the counter-attack,” Scholes, who has been attacked by Mourinho for criticising United midfielder Paul Pogba, said on television after the match.

“It was difficult watching that and the first game. There is no desire, no energy, no speed. It’s unexplainable. Teams go and try. United didn’t try and win the game away from home.

“Surely the manager must see Sanchez’s not been good enough. He doesn’t know his best front three. He needs to choose his best and leave Sanchez out.”

Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the Chilean has struggled.

However, Mourinho has insisted on starting Sanchez in all of United’s important games while leaving out either Juan Mata, Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford

Champions League: ‘’How To Stop Alexis Sanchez?  Tie Him Up”Says Sevilla Coach

Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella joked he might have to approach the game with a Novel style when dealing with the threat of Alexis Sanchez as his team come up against manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“Manchester have fantastic players and Sanchez has improved hugely over the course of his career,” said Italian Montella, who knows the Chilean from his spell back then in the Serie A.

“How do we stop him? I don’t know. We’ll have to tie him up!”

Another player Montella knows from Serie A is Paul Pogba, although it is not certain the former Juventus midfielder will even start in the last 16, first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan amid reports of an uneasy relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho.

“He is a complete player, strong, technical and scores goals. He is fantastic,” Montella told reporters at Sevilla’s stadium on Tuesday.

“He was the most expensive player in history before Neymar. I hope he doesn’t play!”

Montella was appointed during Spain’s winter break following the controversial sacking of Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, who had just undergone surgery for prostate cancer.

Sacked by AC Milan in November, Montella will be taking charge of only his second Champions League game when he comes up against United.

He previously oversaw Roma’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of the last 16 in 2011, while Jose Mourinho has vast experience of the Champions League, a competition he has won with both FC Porto and Inter Milan.

“He was a pioneer. I have read books about his style of coaching,” said Montella of Mourinho.

“I don’t know how many Champions League matches he has managed. But against his experience, we will need to not think about that and be brave.”

Montella also said that winger Joaquin Correa had trained on Tuesday and could play after coming off in the first half of Saturday’s La Liga win at Las Palmas, while his fellow Argentine, playmaker Ever Banega, could also return.

Sanchez Floors Neymar With Manchester United’s Shirt Sales 

The social media outburst on Alexis Sanchez’s high-profile move to Manchester United reduced the on Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG, said Ed Woodward, the Manchester United Chairman

Sanchez moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal last month in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way and has made an immediate impact on and off the pitch, scoring on his debut game and also having the record of the highest shirt sales.

“Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales three times that previous record,” Woodward said in United’s earnings report conference call for the second quarter of the 2017-18 financial year.

“Last month we further invested in the future of the club by extending Jose Mourinho’s contract and entering into an exchange agreement with Arsenal swapping Mkhitaryan for Sanchez, strengthening Jose’s attacking options.”

He said the signing generated some striking social media statistics.

“It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever and #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide,” said Woodward.

“To put all that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interaction than the sale of the world’s most expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.”

United blamed US President Donald Trump’s corporate tax reforms as the reason for a £29m second-quarter loss to the end of December 2017, despite a boom in broadcast income.

American-owned United said an exceptional “accounting write-off of £48.8m” had been made with the US corporate tax rate set to tumble from 35 per cent to 21 per cent following Trump’s substantive enactment of US tax reform in December.

Several large corporations have signalled that the law will result in a short-term hit on earnings repatriated from overseas and due to revaluation of assets.

United, who recently retained their place at the top of Deloitte’s Money League, saw broadcast income rise 17.3 percent to £61.6m thanks in large part to the club’s return to the Champions League.

Total revenue for the quarter was up nearly four percent from last year to £163.9 million.

Another wave of TV cash could be around the corner, with bids for a new three-year cycle for Premier League TV rights in Britain from 2019-2022 to be presented on Friday.

The Premier League is aiming to build on the record £5.14bn  three-year domestic television deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport, which runs until 2019.

Alexis Sanchez: Thierry Henry Didn’t Influence My Move To Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez has confirmed that Thierry Henry didn’t influence his decision in leaving Arsenal and joining Manchester United.

The Chile forward ended his three-and-a-half year stay at the Emirates Stadium on Monday when he was unveiled by as a Manchester United player. He was in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez sent a message to Arsenal supporters shortly after the deal was complete in which he wrote: “I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn.”

But on Wednesday morning he has confirmed that club legend Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, did not support his decision to leave.

I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision … he LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the arsenal coach because he loves the club

“I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter.

“He LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the Arsenal coach because he loves the club.”

Why Sanchez To Man United Is Different From Van Persie’s Arsene Wenger Gives Reasons

 

As the clock winds down on Alexis Sanchez’ stay at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has sought to shun off the fears of club fans who fear a repeat of the scenario that happened when former striker Robin van Persie moved away from the Emirates to Old Trafford

 

Arsenal faithfuls were bitter when the trasfer to United was finalized in 2012 while the Chile international forward Sanchez is tipped to follow the same path with United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to go the opposite way.

 

“Sanchez will not extend his contract and I am very certain our fans know this and they have accepted that idea,” Wenger said.

 

“And the fact that it will not be one-way traffic, it will be other-way traffic as well [with Mkhitaryan], so that makes the whole thing a bit smoother maybe, a bit less disappointing. We lose a player yes, but we could gain another player of top level as well.

 

“When it was with Van Persie it was a similar case, in the fact that he had only one year to go. Maybe it was the first case where the big players, Van Persie was one of the first cases where a big player didn’t extend his contract and came close to the end of his contract.

 

“That will happen more and more. Because we arrive at a level where the money at stake for players who are free is so big, and the transfers are so big, that the players

Sanchez Future Anyone’s Guess, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits he is no nearer to establishing where Arsenal’s Chilean star Alexis Sanchez’s future lies.

Wenger praised the 29-year-old’s two-goal display that helped secure a 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace on an evening where the French manager equalled Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 810 matches in charge.

Sanchez’s commitment has been questioned this season following his failure to reach agreement with the north London club about an extension to his current contract that expires at the end of this season.

Wenger believes the player’s performance at Selhurst Park showed there has been no let up in the player’s effort, but with the January transfer window about to open, has no idea about the player’s next move.

Sanchez scored his first goal in the 62nd minute but not all his team-mates celebrated the strike with him.

“First of all nobody knows what will happen really,” said Wenger.

“It’s difficult to speculate. At the moment we are focused on short-term, that means the next game (against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday) with the players committed and ready to fight.

“It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.

“I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on, focused on the game. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know. That’s the kind of performance we want from him.”

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Sanchez, Ozil Going Nowhere – Wenger

Manager Arsene Wenger says forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil will be at Arsenal after the January transfer window “unless something unbelievable happens”.

The contracts of both players expire at the end of the season.

Asked if his gut feeling is they will stay, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course.”

The Frenchman also said it is in midfielder Jack Wilshere’s “best interest” to remain with the Premier League club.

Wenger added: “I will absolutely fight for him to stay here because he’s a top-quality player.”

England international Wilshere, 25, has struggled with injuries since making his Arsenal debut in 2008 and spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Bournemouth.

He has yet to make a Premier League start this season.

Both Sanchez, 28, and 29-year-old Ozil are key figures for Wenger.

Chile forward Sanchez, who arrived in 2014 from Barcelona, has scored 56 goals in 113 appearances, while Germany international Ozil has produced 45 assists since his debut in September 2013, more than any other Premier League player.

Wenger said: “As long as they are here, they give their best for the club.

“In my head, they stay until the end of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens I don’t see that changing.”

Asked if they will remain beyond the end of the 2017-18 campaign, he added: “I am not the only one to decide that. They have to decide that as well.”

Sanchez Snubs Arsenal Manager Over Contract Dispute

The Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez whose Gunners future remains up in the air appeared to blank his boss prior to a session at the club’s London Colney facility on Wednesday.

Wenger, who was embarking on his ritual of shaking each of his players’ hands before putting them through their paces, was acknowledged by Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil but a photograph shows Sanchez apparently walking on by.

They saw Sanchez head on towards a group of his team-mates instead of approaching Wenger, though the Gunners manager did not offer his hand to his star striker and appeared to say ‘I’ve already done you’.

Wenger’s habit of greeting each of his players and staff, in turn, has been a staple part of Arsenal life throughout the Frenchman’s reign.

Sportsmail columnist and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has previously explained Wenger’s ritual.

‘Wenger introduced it but I think when he first arrived he wasn’t sure who he was shaking hands with. But I thought it was a good thing,’ he said.

 

Man City Fear Losing Alexis Signing To PSG After Stunning Offer

Manchester City fear being trumped by PSG in the race for wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

City boss Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join them, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.

But Paris Saint-Germain is ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.

He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.

But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.

It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football

Wenger Confirms Alexis Readiness To Face Liverpool

The Manager and coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available for the club’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Chile international attacker has not been available for the Gunners yet this season, with speculation continuing to circulate over his future.

Alexis has yet to sign a fresh deal with the Emirates Stadium club, meaning that he could depart on a free transfer next summer. The 28-year-old continues to be linked with a transfer to Manchester City before the close of the transfer window of August 31, yet it seems that he will feature for the London side this weekend. Arsene Wenger says:

“He is ready to play,” Wenger confirmed at his pre-match press conference.

“I will have to make that decision. Overall he looks in a good shape.

“He has always been focused on his job. He loves to play football and I don’t think he’s too much disturbed by all the noises. Players at that level are used to it now. Some deal with it better than others but I don’t think he’s too much bothered by that.”

The former Monaco boss also appeared optimistic over the prospect of an extension being agreed with the South American.

“The fact that he goes into the last year of his contract doesn’t mean we can’t extend it,” he said.

Wenger has numerous headaches with regards renewals, with Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all out of contract at the end of the season, too.