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14 Jan 2018 10:08:01
I might be part of the minority here but I think I would genuinely prefer us to sign Lucas Moura over Alexis Sanchez.

Firstly, Sanchez will turn 30 at the start of next season. A lot of his game is based around pace and that will start to drop off in a few years time. He might only have 2-3 seasons left as a top player.

Secondly, he prefers to play from the left. We have Martial and Rashford who also prefer to play from that side. We also have Andreas Pereira and Lingard who are more than happy and comfortable playing from the left. However we are short of right sided players. Sanchez would be an upgrade on the options we have for the left, but that doesn't strengthen our main weakness going forward which is a lack of balance with all our attacks coming down the left hand side.

Thirdly, there are question marks over his attitude. Laughing when his team concede, refusing to shake his managers hand when being subbed off and generally sulking and causing a bad atmosphere.

Where as Lucas Moura is 25 and reaching his prime, which will last for 5-6 years at least.
He plays from the right hand side which is the area of attack we need to strengthen most.
There are no reports of him being disruptive or disrespectful even though he has been limited to a handful of sub appearances.
Also if we lack goals from wide players, it should be noted Lucas Moura scored 18 goals last season when played regularly. If we can add a wide player who actually likes to play wide and still add nearly 20 goals a season to our team then that would be perfect in my opinion.

I also think that Sanchez really wants to join City. I would feel a little joy in the beginning of we were able to pinch him from under their noses, but that would fare and eventually especially if he starts sulking like he has at Arsenal I would be left with a bitter taste in my mouth knowing deep down he doesn't really want to play for our club.

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14 Jan 2018 10:28:23
Shappy, don’t be silly. Sanchez is world class, the missing piece, an incredible talent, just what we need, etc etc etc.

I made a point yesterday about his ability to be a real team player, we seem to have a good bunch of lads right now, I think character is as important as talent.

14 Jan 2018 10:41:02
I understand your thinking here Shappy but I think you're right in that you will be in the minority here. He is a top 5 player in the league and I genuinely believe that we would get more impact from 3 years of Sanchez than 5 or 6 from Moura. He is one of the group of players below Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. We don't have an outfield player who is at that level.

Attitude wise with Sanchez it's hard to argue for someone who may have laughed when his team concedes or doesn't shake his managers hand. However, we have players who have been deemed troublemakers or unprofessional as well and they are still in the squad. They may have not have done things like that in public but undoubtedly there will have been incidents behind the scenes like at any club. To me Sanchez seems to get frustrated with his team mates in the same way Ronaldo does. He wants to win and wants to be the man. For me there is nothing wrong with that and at times over the past few seasons we could have been doing with more of that in our team.

Sanchez played a lot of his time with Barcelona and Udinese on the right as well so if he was deployed there he would be fine.

{Ed004's Note - I am worried about Sanchez's age and the fact he will start to decline but he was easily one of the top 3/5 players in league last season. If he is signed I expect him to either play on the right drifting in centrally where Mata plays or playing through the middle when we play sides lower down the table. Could be a massive boost midway through the season having a genuine world class player join who is more than capable of 20 goals a season}

14 Jan 2018 10:50:31
Actually shappy I agree with you 100%. One of rashford martial or lingard would likely have to make way for sanchez and I don't see why any of them should. We desperately need a wide right player and moura would fit the bill perfectly imo.
You are now in a minority of 2!

{Ed004's Note - But Sanchez played the majority of the start of his career on the Right? He either played on the right or centrally with Udinese and he played on the right for Barcelona as Messi was deployed in the false 9 position. Additionally he played through the middle a lot last season for Arsenal}

14 Jan 2018 11:20:14
Sanchez offers more. No one moaned when we brought RVP at the same age.

Sanchez offers flexibility. He can play anywhere up top. Jose likes players adept in more than one position.

If there is a chance, then we have to go for it. If we didnt, we woukd have the usual negativity from some fans asking why we never went for him.

Offer me Sanchez or Bale and I take Sanchez everytime.

14 Jan 2018 11:21:24
MArtial and rash are far too inconsistent they have had plenty of game time to establish themselves yet neither has, time for a someone who will perform week in and week out for me.

14 Jan 2018 11:36:01
Can any of you actually see this transfer happening? Hope it does but not getting hopes up.

14 Jan 2018 11:45:13
I can see the negatives for Sanchez but you would rather have Moura? Really?

The positives far outweigh the negatives on Sanchez for me, I think he’s the type of player to get you off your seat, I’m not getting excited just yet but if a signing was announced I would be so excited to see him in a United shirt.

14 Jan 2018 11:46:49
Agree nobody moaned at RVP. He’s a top talent Alexis and when he’s happy like apart from the 1 year he’s not been at gunners he is a team player, not many work harder than him from what I’ve seen so I don’t see how he disrupts this harmony, you can’t have too many top talents at a club plus it looks like zlatan hasn’t worked out.

14 Jan 2018 12:15:46
Shappy you are losing the plot here. Moura over Sanchez is like preferring to eat dog food over steak. Do you enjoy dog food?

14 Jan 2018 12:34:57
We have some good young players at utd but I think if Sanchez is possible then we have to try, when we play the very top teams in Europe we are simply out gunned at the moment . I'd bet our rivals don't want him to sign for us and he can be a big weapon in big games . It would be ideal if he can play as a right side attacker as he's done it in the past.

14 Jan 2018 12:51:18
I don’t think Sanchez relies to heavily on pace shappy? He’s not like bale, I think he’s an extremely clever player and that can be seen by his goals and assists when he plays centrally. He’s an intelligent player, who I think would work brilliantly just off lukaku, a truly Top top player.

14 Jan 2018 19:19:28
Shappy you are getting too caught up in sanchez played recently and where hours plays, rather than how good they are. Moura is basically a better brazilian valencia, if we signed him I doubt he would get in double digits let alone 20 on the other hand sanchez would be the impact player someone who could provide moment of inspiration to turn a draw onto a win something we don't really have in attack right now also he can and has played on right and it will really help both martial and pogba that every time we attack those aren't the only 2 we look at for creating something.



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