Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has slammed Alexis Sanchez for his performance in last night’s Champions League defeat, saying the former Gunner no longer deserves to be in the starting line-up.
United were knocked out of Europe’s elite competition on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 La Liga side Sevilla.
Two quick fire goals from striker Wissam Ben Yedder in the 74th and 78th minutes sealed United’s fate, with Jose Mourinho’s side then needing three goals in the final ten minutes to progress to the last eight.
Romelu Lukaku scored United’s only goal of the night with six minutes to play, but the Belgian’s strike proved a mere consolation.
While many of the United player’s came under heavy criticism for their performances at Old Trafford on Tuesday, it was Alexis Sanchez who felt the brunt of condemnation.
The Chilean star, who joined United in January from rivals Arsenal, gave the ball away an astonishing 42 times on the night, the highest by any player in single Champion’s League game this season.
His poor performance in the night capped what has been thus far a miserable career at Manchester United, with the former Gunner registering only goal since his move from the capital.
And following his poor run of form, Charlie Nicholas believes it’s about time Sanchez was dropped from United’s starting line-up.
“At the start of the season, Manchester United had a fluency to them,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Paul Pogba played high up with Jesse Lingard behind him and Romelu Lukaku on his game.
“All of a sudden Sanchez comes, Marcus Rashford gets dropped out and Anthony Martial gets moved over.
All of a sudden the whole team is getting squeezed to fit Sanchez in.
“Sanchez, at the moment, does not deserve to be in the team. It’s too individual. He is giving the ball away too often.
“I’m sure a lot of Manchester United fans must be looking and saying ‘when is he going to do something for us?’
“He looks as though he is trying hard, but this is Manchester United and you’ve got to deliver on a game-by-game basis and he is not.”