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The Busby Babe Feb 6, 2018
Alexis Sánchez is world class, but what United really needed in January was a midfielder

Alexis Sánchez is world class, but what United really needed in January was a midfielder

United could not pass up on the opportunity to sign Sánchez, but he does not address the most pressing need in the team. The January transfer window was a golden opportunity for Manchester United to snatch quality talent and bolster the midfield and attacking forefront going into the final stretch of the season. I think we can all agree that Alexis Sánchez is a world class talent who was desperately searching for a new home away from Arsenal. With Manchester City hesitating on the purchase of Sánchez, United was able to swap Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for the Chilean...
The Busby Babe Feb 4, 2018
Manchester United Champions League squad announced

Manchester United Champions League squad announced

Mourinho adds Alexis Sánchez to squad list ahead of knockout fixture vs Sevilla José Mourinho has included Alexis Sánchez in Manchester United’s Champions League squad. Sanchez, who has replaced Henrik Mkhitaryan in the squad, is the most notable change to the United team. The Reds travel to Sevilla later this month for the first of two legs in the knockout stage. The 29-year-old, who was involved in a swap deal with Henrik Mkhitaryan, is not cup-tied due to Arsenal’s absence from the elite European competition. James Wilson has been omitted from the squad list after he moved to...
The Busby Babe Jan 30, 2018
With Alexis Sánchez’s arrival, is Juan Mata now the odd man out at Manchester United?

With Alexis Sánchez’s arrival, is Juan Mata now the odd man out at Manchester United?

The Spanish magician is out of contract in the summer, and maybe out of place at United. The signing of Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United has not only breathed new life into the Red Devil’s offense, but it provides fresh roster options for manager José Mourinho as his men work to secure a top-four spot in domestic play and power through the knockout stages in the Champions League. However, the addition of United’s new number 7 potentially means another looming exit for an existing United starter. As expected, Henrikh Mkhitaryan time at Old Trafford was cut short as...
The Busby Babe Jan 29, 2018
Tactical Predictions: In a full-strength United team, where does Sánchez fit?

Tactical Predictions: In a full-strength United team, where does Sánchez fit?

Sánchez started on the left of the attack in his debut, but that was in a second string side. Where will he line up in the long term? The arrival of Alexis Sánchez has been a dream for all parties involved. The fans are happy we’re getting a world class player, the club is happy to reinforce their attack, and Arsenal, believe it or not, landed in the best-case scenario for signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, the question now is where does Alexis fit for Manchester United? This is only one of many questions that need to be asked. He has primarily played on the left, but where does that...
The Busby Babe Jan 26, 2018
How will Manchester United line up with Alexis Sánchez in the side?

How will Manchester United line up with Alexis Sánchez in the side?

United have got their man. Now, how will Mourinho use him? The arrival of Alexis Sánchez was a welcome sight for Manchester United fans. Ed Woodward and José Mourinho were willing and able to set up a straight swap with Arsenal, exchanging midfield playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis. Though Manchester City were initially linked with a move for the former Gunner, they dropped out of the race shortly after United made their move. The Gunners appear to be recalibrating their squad after failing to compete consistently in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. Alexis wanted to...
The Busby Babe Jan 23, 2018
Alexis Sánchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Everybody wins!

Alexis Sánchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Everybody wins!

Why Manchester United and Arsenal’s swap deal is the best outcome for all parties. One of the interesting aspects of sporting culture is the way in which the logics and language of competition, of winners and losers, are applied to all the other stuff that happens around it. The transfer market is particularly prone to this: clubs race for players, they move ahead of one another, and then, inevitably, when the deal is done, somebody wins. Except this time. Alexis Sánchez has gone to Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gone to Arsenal, and by our reckoning everybody involved is a...
The Busby Babe Jan 22, 2018
DONE DEAL: Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves to Arsenal

DONE DEAL: Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves to Arsenal

Ta-ra, Mkhi. We hardly knew you. One of the more frustrating Manchester United careers of recent years has come to an end, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Arsenal. The — playmaker? winger? perennial underwhelmist? — player has exchanged places with Alexis Sánchez, a deal which seems to suit everybody. Welcome to Arsenal, @HenrikhMkh https://t.co/NqL8qq1uGK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 22, 2018 Allocating the blame for Mkhitaryan’s weird spell at United is, we suspect, going to be a matter of opinion. Maybe Jose Mourinho never worked out a system to maximise his talents, or...
The Busby Babe Jan 22, 2018
DONE DEAL: Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United

DONE DEAL: Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United

United have completed their first January signing, and it’s a biggie. And it’s happened. Alexis Sánchez has joined Manchester United from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way. We don’t know the money in any official sense, but we do have a little video with a piano. Isn’t that nice? Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Introducing #Alexis7…#GGMU #MUFC @Alexis_Sanchez pic.twitter.com/t9RIIx4mE4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018 Leaving the money aside, the move strengthens United’s squad considerably. United have acquired a...
The Busby Babe Jan 22, 2018
Manchester United close in on closing in on closing in on Alexis Sanchez transfer

Manchester United close in on closing in on closing in on Alexis Sanchez transfer

One mirror against another. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez have had to go to an immigration centre in Liverpool in order to sort out their work permits, which explains why the transfer has yet to be completed. One thing to remember is that there is no reason to have border, in any reasonable circumstances, that our separation is entirely unreasonable and immoral, and that the world would be immeasurably better if all borders were removed, and freedom of movement was given to all. No borders! Here is Sanchez arriving at United’s training ground, presumably for his medical. A deal...
The Busby Babe Jan 21, 2018
Alexis Sánchez spotted at United’s training ground

Alexis Sánchez spotted at United’s training ground

It’s happening. Official confirmation of Alexis Sánchez’s move to Manchester United seems to be imminent, with the Chilean attacker having been photographed at the Reds’ Carrington training ground on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Sánchez had posted a video clip on Instagram from an airport, seemingly about to make the trip up north. The Telegraph suggest that the switch will be confirmed on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan seemingly happy to move in the opposite direction. Poor soul. Alexis Sanchez pictured arriving at Manchester United training ground https://t.co/aijtTQaB7i...

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